New Delhi, Nov. 19 (IANS) India was recognized as the best country to record the highest progress in reducing malaria among the 11 countries with the highest burden, registering a 24 percent reduction in 2017 compared to 2016, according to the World Health Organization ( WHO) report.
According to the WHO World Malaria Report in 2018, India is the only country with a high burden of disease, which is moving in a positive direction, and Odisha is becoming the most successful country in the fight against malaria.
The report says that cases of malaria decreased from 3.23.800 in 2017 (January-September) to 55.365 in 2018 over the same duration, as well as with a drop in mortality by separate figures in Odisha.
“Thanks to innovations such as improving the skills of health care workers, expanding access to diagnosis and treatment, and enhancing data collection, Odisha is doing everything possible to fight this preventable but deadly disease,” the statement said.
However, the report says that 1.25 billion Indians are still at risk of being diagnosed with malaria.
According to WHO, approximately 70 percent of the world's burden of malaria is concentrated in 11 countries – 10 in sub-Saharan Africa (Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda and the United Republic Tanzania) and India.
In 2017, 151 million cases of malaria and 2,774,000 deaths were reported in these 11 countries.
The report also notes a tendency to swim among people suffering from malaria — there were an estimated 219 million cases of malaria in 2017, compared with 217 million a year earlier.
But in previous years, the number of people infected with malaria throughout the world has steadily decreased from 239 million in 2010 to 214 million in 2015.
“However, the number of countries approaching continuous liquidation has risen to 46 in 2017 from 37 in 2010. China and El Salvador are two countries where malaria has long been endemic, and no local malaria transmission was registered in 2017, ”it says.
According to WHO, Paraguay in 2018 became the first country in the Americas to receive this status after 45 years.
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