116 districts of India reported zero cases of malaria in 2020: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan | India News
NEW DELHI: Up to 116 districts in India reported zero cases of malaria in 2020 and the country has achieved remarkable success in reducing the burden of disease in terms of cases by 84.5 percent and deaths by 83, 6 percent. Union Health Minister Hard Vardhan he said on Friday.
He also said that the country’s achievement in this regard has been well recognized by the 2018, 2019 and 2020 World Malaria Reports.
The minister said that World Health Organization (WHO) has attributed India’s success to renewed political commitment, strengthened technical leadership that focused on prioritizing the right mix of vector control measures, and increased national funding to support the effective implementation of elimination strategies.
Vardhan, who chaired the ‘Reaching Zero’ forum on eliminating malaria through video conferencing, said that April 25 is observed as World Malaria Day every year, the Health Ministry said in a statement, adding that this year’s theme is “Reaching the Zero Malaria Goal”. .
The Health Minister also congratulated the forum for choosing the particular theme for this year’s celebrations, saying it was particularly important in the context of India, as the country is working to eliminate malaria at the national level and contribute to improving health, quality of life and poverty alleviation.
World Malaria Day provides inspiration to the world community and all affected countries that are working to eradicate this deadly disease and improve the health and livelihoods of their populations, he said.
Speaking of the government’s tireless efforts to eliminate the disease from India, Vardhan observed, “Prime Minister Narendra modi was one of 18 world leaders who endorsed the Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance Malaria Elimination Roadmap at the East Asia Summit in Malaysia in 2015. It was then that the alliance leaders set the goal of ensuring the region is malaria free by 2030. ”
He also detailed the progress made in this direction under the prime minister’s leadership.
“The country has achieved remarkable success in reducing the malaria burden in terms of cases by 84.5% and deaths by 83.6%, which has been well recognized by the World Malaria Reports of 2018, 2019 and 2020.
“WHO has attributed India’s success to renewed political commitment, strengthened technical leadership that focused on prioritizing the right mix of vector control measures, and increased national funding to support the effective implementation of elimination strategies,” it said in the statement.
The Union minister expressed his joy at the fact that in 2020, up to 116 districts of the country reported zero cases of malaria.
He also noted that healthcare workers accomplished a monumental feat during the coronavirus pandemic.
Despite significant public health challenges posed by the pandemic, Vardhan said several good practices have been observed in health care delivery, such as an integrated approach to maintaining essential non-COVID services and ensuring the continuation of the effective delivery of malaria interventions.
“It is encouraging to note that the availability of all medicines and diagnostic kits at all levels was ensured. The ‘Malaria Mukt Abhiyan’ in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh was successfully carried out in which 3.78 million people were tested for malaria. In addition, 25.2 million long-lasting insecticide nets were distributed to the community in high malaria endemic areas, “he said.
The Minister of Health ended his speech by expressing the hope that state governments will give further impetus to ensure that progress in this regard is sustained despite the challenges of the pandemic, and that the march towards the elimination of malaria will not be completed. slow down.
“With active community participation and strong intersectoral coordination, India will be able to achieve its goal of eliminating malaria by 2030,” he added.