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04 Jan 2019

54 cases of Malaria deaths reported in 2018: Report

Malaria deaths have dropped significantly in 2018: Nadda

Malaria cases reduced by three million in India in 2017 compared to 2016, Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda told Lok Sabha today.

The number of deaths came down to 54 in 2018 from 194 in 2017.

Nadda said in Lok Sabha that the World Malaria Report 2018, published by the WHO, has reported a significant drop in the estimated malaria cases in India.

In context

Malaria deaths have dropped significantly in 2018: Nadda

Data

Compared to 2016 malaria-cases have decreased by 24% in 2017

The WHO report states that the estimated malaria cases in India dropped by three million fewer cases in 2017 as compared to 2016, which is a decrease of 24%.

"Deaths due to Malaria as reported by the states have come down from 194 in 2017 to 54 in 2018 till September," said the minister during the Question Hour.

Efforts

Achievement possible due to improved surveillance, intensified efforts: Nadda

The minister said this achievement is primarily due to intensified efforts, including improved surveillance, early diagnosis and complete treatment, distribution of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs), uninterrupted logistic supply and by strengthening of monitoring and supervision etc.

"The Central government's constant effort is to ask the states to follow the prescribed protocol regularly so that deaths due to communicable diseases come down," he said.

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