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85% decline in average monthly malaria cases in Odisha

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A special anti-project started by the government has shown an 85 per cent decline in average monthly cases in four districts of the state.

According to the results disclosed by Comprehensive Case Management Programme (CCMP), Durgama Anchalare Nirakaran (DAMaN) has reduced malaria incidence in four districts of the state namely Angul, Dhenkanal, Kandhamal and Dolangir.

"The experience from this project has given rise to the conceptualization of DAMaN which is ongoing successfully across 22 districts," said Dr Brajakishore Brahma, of Services,

CCMP was started in 2013 in pairs of intervention and control blocks in four districts with different transmission intensities and catered to a population of 9,00,000 people in

It rigorously implemented the World Organization's (WHO) Test-Treat-Track initiative that urged malaria-endemic countries to scale up diagnostic testing, treatment and surveillance for malaria.

The programme provided universal access to malaria diagnosis and treatment, and improved the quality of services and surveillance, according to an official statement released yesterday.

This is a joint project by Indian Council of (ICMR-NIMR), National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) Odisha and (MMV).

"The learning experience from CCMP gave rise to many innovative practices that were successfully implemented. We now need to sustain the gains to ensure our goals for elimination of malaria by 2027," said Dr Pramod Kumar Meherda, IAS, and Family Welfare Department.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 13:20 IST