BY TC News Desk
Agartala: April 24. Tripura Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha on Monday has asserted that the state will be able to eliminate malaria by 2030 as per the national target through strong efforts.
Dr Saha said this while addressing Asia Pacific Leaders Conclave on Malaria Eradication held at Hyatt Regency, New Delhi today.
He said, “For many years, various parts of Tripura, especially the hilly and remote areas, were plagued by malaria. But Tripura is now in a better position to combat malaria with the help of the Indian government and the Global Fund. Currently 3 out of every 1000 people in Tripura are diagnosed with malaria and there is a 100 percent success rate in curing the disease”.
CM further informed that in 2014 as many as 51,240 people were infected with malaria in Tripura and 96 people lost their lives, in 2016 at least 32,525 people were infected and 14 people lost their lives.
“Since then, malaria screening has been ramped up in the state. In 2022, 22.15 percent of the population was screened, which is almost double that of 2016. As a result, the number of people suffering from malaria has decreased significantly”, said the CM.
The Chief Minister said in the conclave that 10.06 lakh mosquito nets with long-lasting medicinal have been distributed in 2015-16 financial year, 1.80 lakh in 2018-19 financial year and 9.25 lakh in 2019-20 financial year to combat malaria.
“1,80 lakh mosquito nets are stocked for distribution in FY 2023-24 as well. Due to the state’s vast health infrastructure and health workers, services are now being delivered to remote areas. Similarly, the situation has improved a lot due to the implementation of the Prime Minister Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission. I hope that Tripura will be able to eliminate malaria by 2030 as per the national target through strong efforts”, he added.