Raipur. Under Malaria Free Chhattisgarh Campaign, a team of the Health Department has reached 3 lakh 16 thousand houses and conducted malaria tests of 14 lakh 30 thousand people. During this, the treatment of 9392 patients started treatment on the spot. The fourth phase of this campaign began on June 15 in the seven districts of the Bastar division. So far, more than one million people got tested for malaria, out of which 8742 were positive. In Bastar, the positivity rate in the first, second and third phases of the campaign was 4.6 per cent, 1.27 per cent and 1.04 per cent, respectively. The rate has come down further to 0.87 per cent in the fourth phase of the ongoing campaign. NITI Aayog and UNDP have appreciated the impact of this campaign, earlier known as Malaria Free Bastar Abhiyan, and described it as one of the best campaigns conducted in the aspirational districts of the country.
Director of National Health Mission, Dr Priyanka Shukla, informed that in the fourth phase of the Malaria-free Chhattisgarh campaign Health Department has reached two lakh ten thousand 174 houses and tested one lakh, 658 people, for malaria.
Dr Priyanka Shukla said that during the investigation, the team found 1319 cases of malaria infection in Bastar district, 1146 in Bijapur, 1215 in Dantewada, 430 in Kanker, 371 in Kondagaon, 1083 in Sukma and 3178 in Narayanpur. Apart from giving free medicines to patients, spraying anti-mosquito spray at homes, the team distributed medicated mosquito nets during the campaign. People were made aware of the prevention of malaria. During the fourth phase, 48 per cent of the patients who tested positive showed symptoms of malaria, while 52 per cent had none. Asymptomatic patients of malaria are impossible to catch during routine surveillance. They live in the community as reservoirs and continue to transmit malaria. Asymptomatic malaria also causes anaemia and malnutrition.
The Health Department team, so far, has reached one lakh six thousand houses and examined four lakh, 29 thousand 252 people, out of which 650 have been found positive. These include - eight districts from Surguja, 11 each from Balrampur and Koriya, 110 from Gariaband, 165 from Dhamtari, one each from Korba, Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi and Mungeli, three from Raigarh, 235 from Rajnandgaon, 74 from Kabirdham and Balod district.