Odisha Aims to Become First Malaria-free State in Five Years
By News18 12-Sep-2019
- Having taken drastic measures over the years to get rid of the dubious distinction of accounting for approximately 40 percent of all malaria cases in India, Odisha is now working to eliminate the mosquito-borne disease altogether over the next five years.
- ‘Malaria No More’ India, a non-profit organisation working to support India’s 2030 malaria elimination goal, launched the Malaria Action Coalition (MAC) under the leadership of Odisha Government on Saturday with a vision to make the state malaria-free.
- The MAC will act as a multi-sectoral coordination platform.
- Launching the MAC, Odisha Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das stressed the commitment to control Malaria in the state. The Odisha government has set a five-year target to eliminate malaria from the state, the Times of India quoted him as saying at the event.
- “Our state has made great progress in reducing malaria burden by more than 80% since 2017. We will eliminate the disease within five years and become the first state in India to become malaria-free,” he said.
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