Manipur has the lowest number of cases of malaria among the North Eastern States with only 12 malaria cases reported in 2018, according to official sources.
Manipur is approaching nearer the ‘Zero Malaria’ status, said a DIPR report released in connection with the World Malaria Day observance in the State today. The 12 cases reported in 2018 were concentrated in Churachandpur and Pherzawl districts.
The national target is to eliminate local malaria by the year 2030. Manipur has set the target of 2020 for eliminating local malaria, but changed it to 2021 following the 12 malaria cases found positive in 2018. Senapati district had zero malaria cases and deaths in 2018.
The State Health Society, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Manipur, also observed the Day today at Mount Everest School and College Chapel Hall at Senapati district headquarters under the theme, ‘Zero malaria starts with me’, the report said.
Speaking on the occasion, the DC of Senapati district, Somorjit Salam, said that with the declaration of Senapati district as Open Defecation Free (ODF), there is possibility of achieving the target of zero malaria. Dr Thangpa Serto, State Malaria Officer, said that among the Indian States, Manipur has the best performance. He mentioned that India’s Malaria Programme started in 1919. When India got Independence, 22 per cent of the population suffered from malaria.