Raipur. The malaria-free Bastar campaign launched by the state government has had a tremendous impact. After Bastar, the government also implemented it in the Surguja division last year. In both, the divisions run by the National Health Mission, Chhattisgarh, malaria cases are continuously decreasing due to these campaigns. There has been a 60 per cent decline in malaria cases in the Surguja division and 45 per cent in the Bastar division in April-2021 compared to April-2020.
Now the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM) will also cooperate with the state government to eliminate malaria from Chhattisgarh. Under the Intensified Malaria Elimination Project, the organization will provide financial support and human resources to eradicate malaria in 87 development blocks of 16 districts of the state. The assistance will strengthen the Malaria-free Chhattisgarh campaign run by the state government to make Chhattisgarh malaria-free.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and Health Minister T.S. Singhdeo have expressed their gratitude to the organization for this cooperation. He said that with this help, the malaria-free Chhattisgarh campaign would get more force in the state. With this, we will move quickly towards making Chhattisgarh malaria-free.
Director of National Health Mission, Dr Priyanka Shukla, informed that GFATM will provide financial assistance to the state for the next three years for malaria eradication. According to the 2017 API report, in 16 districts with more than two APIs (Annual Parasite Index), the work to eliminate malaria will be accelerated. Eighty-seven development blocks - Kanker, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Bastar, Dantewada, Bijapur, Sukma, Surguja, Korea, Surajpur, Balrampur-Ramanujganj, Jashpur, Kabirdham, Rajnandgaon, Gariaband and Korba districts will use this amount.
GFATM will provide one crore 36 lakh rupees in the current financial year 2021-22. The organization will provide 17 four-wheeler vehicles and 75 two-wheeler vehicles for malaria technical supervisors to conduct various activities for malaria eradication. Under this, the state will appoint two-state level and 16 district level consultants. All village sub-health centres will get 63 lakh 62 thousand mosquito nets. GFATM will provide financial assistance to eliminate malaria from the state from April 1, 2021, to March 31, 2024.