State government is going to launch a month-long malaria eradication drive in the disease prone Bastar region of the state from January 15.
Health Minister T.S. Singhdeo on Friday took a review meeting of the entire Bastar region at medical college premises in Jagdalpur.
Notable, around 73 percent malaria cases are found in this tribal heartland of the state and the maximum deaths is also registered here.
Meanwhile, speaking at the review meeting the health minister said there are a couple of diseases which are also on the radar of the health ministry namely anemia and malnutrition which will automatically be controlled with the elimination of malaria.
“Repeated ailment from malaria results in anemia in pregnant woman and this increases the possibility of a new born infant being gripped with malnutrition”, he said.
Instructing the district collectors and health officials, on this occasion, the minister said the drive must be taken on top priority and active participation of all the government departments must be ensured.
The minister further informed the official that the malaria kits to test blood samples and required medicines are available with the health department to succeed in this challenging job.