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India making rapid progress towards eliminating Malaria by 2030 asserts: Dr Mansukh Mandaviya

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Union Health Minister Dr Mansukh Mandaviya  has said  that India is making rapid progress towards eliminating Malaria by 2030. In his virtual address to the Asia Pacific Malaria Leaders Conclave 2023 in New Delhi today, he highlighted how India has emerged as a global example for its malaria-elimination strategies.

The Minister added that keeping in line with India’s G20 Presidency mantra of One Earth, One Family, One Future, New Delhi is committed to sharing its resources, knowledge and learnings with other countries as well in their mission to eliminate Malaria.

Dr Mandaviya said that the Malaria elimination programme in India has several components including early diagnosis, complete treatment, surveillance and behaviour change communication.  He also said the  ASHA workers have been trained to recognise the signs and symptoms of malaria and respond quickly to the cases.

He added that government’s various health initiatives including Ayushman Bharat – Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana, Ayushman Bharat-Health and Wellness Centres and Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission are contributing immensely towards strengthening India’s fight against the disease.

Speaking on the occasion, Tripura Chief Minister Dr Manik Saha also highlighted his government’s efforts to fight against Malaria in his state. He said that his government is working for all round  development of the health sector in Tripura. He added that with the intensified efforts, Tripura can definitely achieve the goal of Malaria elimination by 2030.  

NITI Aayog member V K Paul said that one can not eliminate malaria until they work together across the board. He also stressed on the need to embrace the whole of government approach to tackle the disease. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan  also spoke on the occassion. 

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