Bhubaneswar: In a bid to observe World Malaria Day on April 25, the Health and Family Welfare Department of the state has planned to distribute Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) or medicated nets in three tribal- dominated and malaria-prone districts, marking the occasion Tuesday.
The districts where medicated nets, would be distributed in 3 districts on Tuesday include Malkangiri, Koraput and Nabarangpur. Sources said that the use of medicated nets will certainly help in reducing the number of malaria cases in the state.
Besides, it was also said that about 1.3 crore nets will be distributed under Global Funds for Aids, TB and Malaria (GFATM) programme. The LLINs will also be distributed in 17 of the 30 districts. The remaining 14 districts include Rayagada, Gajapati, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Nuapada, Balangir, Nayagarh, Boudh, Angul, Deogarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur and Sundargarh.
Earlier during the year 2009 and 2012, the Centre had supplied about 30 lakh LLINs which were distributed among the very high burden districts.
This time, as many as two crore people would get benefit from the scheme. The state had earlier in February this year had submitted its total requirement of LLINs to the Directorate of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP).