‘National Strategic Plan’ launched for Malaria elimination within 5 years
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 13-Jul-2017

New Delhi, July 13: To elimination malaria from country in the next 5 years, Union Health Minister JP Nadda launched the National Strategic Plan for the 2017-22 on Wednesday.

Speaking at the launch, Nadda said that the government would like to eliminate malaria by 2027 and urged the states for active cooperation. National Strategic Plan for Malaria Elimination (2017-22) which gives strategies for working towards the ultimate goal of elimination of malaria by 2030.

The Health Minister further said that the National Strategic Plan is for five years and requested the Programme Officers to work with a strategy and follow the operational guidelines laid down in the National Strategic Plan.

The Health Minister further said that encouraging results have been achieved in the North East India and our efforts are now focussed in other states such as Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Nadda further informed that since the past three years focus is on Long Lasting Impregnated Nets (LLINs). The Ministry has distributed 14 million nets and 25 million nets are to be distributed.

Highlighting the salient features of the NSP, Nadda stated that the strategies involve strengthening malaria surveillance, establishing a mechanism for early detection and prevention of outbreaks of malaria, promoting the prevention of malaria by the use of LLINs, effective indoor residual spray and augmenting the manpower and capacities for effective implementation for the next five years.

“Intersectoral coordination is the key, we have to work together with the other Ministries and Municipal Corporations to achieve the desired results, he added.