The Odisha government will start distributing long-lasting insecticidal nets – also called medicated nets –in three tribal-dominated districts prone to malaria on the occasion of the World Malaria Day this Tuesday.
The state administration will launch the campaign in Malkangiri, Koraput and Nabarangpur districts from April 25. “The medicated nets will help reduce the rate of malaria cases in the state,” an official said. Around 1.3 crore nets would be distributed under the GFATM (Global Funds for Aids, TB and Malaria) programme, he added.
The government will focus on 17 of the state’s 30 districts under the programme. They are Rayagada, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Bolangir, Nayagarh, Boudh, Angul, Deogarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur and Sundergarh, besides the three aforementioned districts. The medicated nets would be distributed free of cost, in a phased manner. Nearly two crore people are expected to benefit from the scheme.
Odisha, which is one of the worst malaria-hit states in the country, had submitted its total requirement for medicated nets to the Directorate of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme in February.
The Centre had supplied the state with 30 lakh nets between 2009 and 2012 for distribution in “high-burden” districts .