‘Malaria Prevention Begins With Me’, theme for world malaria Day on April 25

‘Malaria Prevention Begins With Me’, theme for world malaria Day on April 25

April 25: District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Ramakrishna Rao while speaking to the media said that World Malaria Day will be observed on April 25 on the theme, ‘Malaria Prevention Begins With Me’.
An awareness programme will be organised in all the government offices on the breeding of mosquitoes. Pamphlets to create awareness on preventing the spread of malaria will be distributed.  Over 60 under-construction buildings had been inspected in a drive to create awareness on malaria, to ensure that the builders follow procedures on preventing stagnation of water. Every building owners had been asked to keep the place clean. Notices and fines were imposed on those who had failed to comply with the rules.
DHO said that there has been a decline in malaria cases in the district in the past six years. In 2014, there were 8,240 positive cases of malaria reported. So far, in 2019, only 494 cases in Dakshina Kannada have tested positive for malaria. In 2015, there were 6,480 blood smears that tested positive, of which 551 were pf (Plasmodium falciparum) malaria. Also, 5,977 cases were reported in Mangalore.  In 2016, the positive cases were 6,409, of which, 5,828 cases were reported from Mangalore and 1,033 were pf malaria cases. The cases declined to 4,741 in 2017, with 4,144 cases being reported in Mangalore alone. Out of the malaria positive cases, 831 were pf malaria. In 2018, the district had 3,871 malaria cases reported, of which, 3,599 cases were reported in Mangalore alone. Out of the malaria positive cases, 649 cases were pf malaria.

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