Minister Health & Family Welfare, Pratap Jena has urged the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) to set up a research hub in Bhubaneswar to scale up research and development on malaria and other vector-borne diseases.
Inaugurating the 14th International Conference on Vector and Vector-Borne Diseases here on Wednesday, he impressed upon the RMRC, Bhubaneswar to take leadership in supporting and strengthening the State in its drive for elimination of malaria and other vector-borne ailment.
Jena said Odisha has been in news with the release of the World Malaria Report-2018, in which the State has been appreciated for its drive to combat malaria. Almost all the 4.6 crore people of the State are at risk although 22 districts are highly endemic.
So, the State Government has launched its flagship programme 'Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakarana' (DAMaN) by translating the learning of operations and research. The DAMaN is funded by the State Government through its own budget to supplement the regular anti-malaria activities, he said.
Jena said a drive is on for getting Malaria Elimination Certification from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the State before 2030. From 3.23 lakh malaria cases between January to September 2017, the figure has come down to 55,368 during the same period in 2018. So, the State has achieved a record 84%-decline in a single year.