Odisha Government has decided to initiate focused actions in nine districts which contribute more than 90 per cent of the total rise in malaria cases reported in the State. The Health Department has decided to carry out entomological studies in high case reporting areas to ascertain the vector behaviour and assess the insecticide efficacy of LLINs. Health officials have been directed to take the help of research institutes like Vector Control Research Centre (VCRC) of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to improve case management. It has also been decided to monitor daily reporting of cases and supervision from district and State levels and cover the priority villages under indoor residual spraying (IRS).
The decisions were taken after July reported 166 per cent rise in malaria cases in comparison to June. Of the 30 districts, Malkangiri, Koraput, Rayagada, Nabarangpur, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Gajapati, Ganjam and Sundargarh contributed 91 per cent of the cases.