Aizawl: In spite of the declining rate in malarial death over the past few years, at least 10 people died of the mosquito-borne disease in 2021, an official of the state health department said on Saturday.

This was mentioned on the occasion of a state-level World Malaria Day observation held in Aizawl with Health Minister Dr. R. Lalthangliana gracing the event as chief guest.

Dr. Eric Zomawia, Mission Director of National Health Mission (NHM), in his presentation said that a total of 5,637 people were diagnosed with malaria in 2021.

Of the 5,637 people, 10 died of the vector-borne disease between June and September last year, he said.

So far, 354 people have been confirmed positive for the mosquito-borne disease between January and February this year, according to the official.

No death due to malaria has been reported this year till now, he said. 

Of the 11 districts of the state, Mamit, Lawngtlai and Lunglei are the most transmission risk areas as they are above 10 Annual Parasite Index (API), he added. 

Dr Lalthangliana said the state government is making efforts to eradicate malaria along with rest of the country by 2030. He urged the people to extend support to the government in its effort to eradicate the mosquito borne disease. 

Emphasising the need for mass awareness, the health minister also said every citizen should take precautionary measures, follow all available protections and keep their surroundings neat and clean to combat malaria, and also to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

In case of any fever, trained doctors or medical experts should be consulted immediately in order to avoid fatality, he added.

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