New Delhi: On the occasion of World Malaria Day, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Monday called for prioritizing malaria eradication through national and sub-national efforts.
Mandaviya stressed that the benefits of technology and innovation will help develop specialized solutions to advance the country’s malaria eradication plan and contribute to better health, quality of life and poverty alleviation.
During his address on the occasion of World Malaria Day 2022 here, Mandaviya said, “Not only diagnosis and treatment, social awareness about sanitation and malaria control and prevention in our individual and community environment is our collective fight against malaria and the country by 2030.” Equally important to meet our goal of eliminating malaria.”
Every year 25 April is observed as ‘World Malaria Day’. This year’s theme is ‘Use innovation to reduce the global malaria disease burden and save lives’.
“There is a need to emphasize progressive strengthening of the health care delivery system and improve multi-sectoral coordination and cooperation,” he stressed. He further suggested that the private sector, including private doctors, need to align their malaria case management and reporting and related activities with the national programme.
He said, “The way we are moving forward with the use of innovative technology, India’s ‘e-Sanjeevani’ has shown the way of tele-consultation and tele-referencing, which is widely used to diagnose various health problems including malaria. and is being used extensively for treatment.”
Underlining India’s efforts towards malaria eradication, he said, “India has made remarkable progress in reducing malaria incidence and deaths. Our efforts have resulted in an 86.45 percent drop in malaria cases in 2021 as compared to 2015 and Malaria related deaths have come down by 79.16 percent. Agero malaria cases have been reported in 124 districts of the country.
He said that this is a big step towards our goal of eradicating malaria, but much more needs to be done to fulfill the dream of malaria free India.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Bharti Praveen Pawar, Union Minister of State for Health said, “Work is underway on a mission mode to eliminate malaria by 2030. The central government is working to reduce the burden of malaria, including by improving infrastructure and laboratory support. It is working with the state governments at the grassroots level.
first published:April 25, 2022, 5:41 p.m.