Tribal dominated Mandla district in MP is to be brought to zero cases of malaria in next three years through a first of its kind public-private partnership project on malaria eradication in the country.
The risk of malaria in Mandla is gauged to ‘mesoendemic’ where there is high malaria transmission which fluctuates with changes in one or other local conditions including weather changes.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the Madhya Pradesh government and a private firm Sun Pharma signed a tri-partite agreement on November 15 to launch the malaria eradication project in Mandla. The project start on World Malaria Day on April 25, 2017. Under the project all 1233 villages of the district will be covered.
The district reported 1242 cases of malaria from January 1, 2016 to November 22, 2016 including 841 plasmodium falciparum, the more virulent malaria, Mandla assistant malaria officer DS Nunharia told HT. For the same period during previous year, 2753 cases of malaria were reported in Mandla including 2114 of plasmodium falciparum.
Out of 1242 positive cases of malaria reported in the district in current year, 285 cases were from village Mohgaon, 176 from Narayanganj, 261 from Bichhiya and 126 from Gughari. The ICMR’s National Institute for Research in Tribal Health (NIRTH) Jabalpur will provide laboratory facilities to the medical team of private firm Sun Pharma for carrying requisite tests. Sun Pharma will fund the project as part of its corporate social responsibility initiative.
NIRTH director Neeru Singh told HT that under the project various field tested and proven tools of vector control will be put in use to eradicate malaria from the district. The ICMR and Sun Pharma will supervise the project having span of three years and if required the period be extended for another two years, she said.
The private firm will engage persons one in each village to work on the project, she said. This project will run parallel to the existing works being carried by the state health department to control malaria, she added. The firm’s medical team is given space in the NIRTH building to carry the work for the project.
Meanwhile the State government has sanctioned allocation of 1.30 lakh pieces of mosquito nets for distribution in 319 villages in the district.