Dhalai, Tripura: A six-year-old girl child became the latest casualty of malaria as the disease is on its way to take epidemic proportions in the Gandacherra area of Dhalai district in Tripura.
Meanwhile, nine others, including four children and four women, are undergoing treatment at the Gandacherra sub-divisional hospital after they were admitted with positive signs of the disease.
Coming down heavily on the authorities concerned, residents of the autonomous district council (ADC) villages of Bhagidhar and Dalpati have urged the district administration to provide adequate measures to control the disease at the earliest.
Talking to EastMojo, the doctor on duty in the hospital pointed out to the severe shortage of staff as one of the major causes for the inability to control the disease.
Malaria claims several lives in different areas of the state, especially the ADC villages, almost every year. It has also been reported that malaria becomes one of the biggest challenges for BSF jawans deployed in the state, as a large number of them fall prey to the disease every year.