Itanagar: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has awarded a certificate of appreciation to Arunachal Pradesh as one of the best performing states in the country in terms of malaria elimination.
The certificate was presented to Arunachal on the occasion of World Malaria Day on Monday.
Epidemiologist and National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme public health consultant Dr Tumge Loyi received the certificate from Union Health and Family Welfare minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya at a function in New Delhi.
Arunachal Pradesh has progressed from category III to category I state in malaria elimination in a period of 5 years.
Over the years, malaria cases have been drastically reducing in the state. There were 13,950 cases in 2011, 3,128 cases in 2016 and 8 cases in 2021. In the last 5 years, the state has not recorded any case of malaria death.
Meanwhile, World Malaria Day was celebrated across Arunachal in a befitting manner. The theme for this year’s celebration was “Harness innovation to reduce the malaria disease burden and save lives”.
To mark the day, the Department of Health and Family Welfare made an attempt to reach out and teach about malaria in every nook and corner of the state.
The district units of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) involved ASHAs, villagers, students, NGO, etc., and conducted activities such as source reduction of breeding sites, wall painting, drawing competitions, skits, public gathering and marches.
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