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Steep decline in PF malaria in Tripura
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 AGARTALA, Dec 17 - Tripura where malaria has high prevalence rate over the years, has been witnessing a steep decline in the number of PF malaria cases, according to official figures.The number of malaria PF cases has been reduced from 10,178 in 2016 to only 6,768 in 2017 till November – almost 30 per cent decline in malaria cases.

Likewise, death cases of malaria has also showed downward trend during the period. While 14 malaria deaths were reported in 2016, it stood at only nine in 2017, till November across the State.

However, collection of blood slides has increased substantially during the period. While 3,32,727 blood slides were collected for testing in 2016, 3,51,244 blood samples were collected this year till November.

“Of the total malaria PF cases, around 55 per cent cases were reported from Dhalai district. It means Dhalai district is still a concern for us”, said Malaria Officer Dr Kajal Dutta Gupta here on Friday.

Under National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBBDCP), the Central Government has initiated an elimination phase. “This year, we have been able to reduce 30 per cent malaria PF cases in the State. And, this will be reduced further to ensure completion of elimination phase”, Dr Dutta Gupta pointed out.

Sharing his experience in the campaign against the deadly disease, Dr Dutta Gupta said there has been reduction in malaria PF cases in Gandacherra subdivision but subdivisions like Longtarai Valley and Ambassa still remain a worry for the healthcare providers.

“We are trying our level best to complete elimination phase of malaria by 2020 in the State but it all depends on the will of the vulnerable groups”, he added.

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