‘Malaria cases in Kangpokpi district have shrunk in past 11 years’KANGPOKPI| Jun 15
“Even though Malaria still remains a public health problem, globally and nationally, there has been significant decrease in the newly created Kangpokpi district over the past 11 years with no reported Malaria case in the year 2018.”
District Malaria Officer (DMO), Kangpokpi, Dr. Ph. Henkhoneng Mate stated this during World Malaria Day observance held at Kangpokpi district headquarters today. Citing global reports on Malaria for the period of 2015-2017 from WHO which indicated no significant gains were made in reducing Malaria cases during the term, she said “Every year, the global tally of new Malaria cases exceeds 200 million and every 2 minutes, a child dies from this preventable and treatable disease.”
“The burden of India over Malaria case is that it still remains a public health issue in several parts of the country,” Dr. Ph. Henkhoneng Mate continued while also mentioning WHO estimate of Malaria deaths in India. “And according to World Malaria Report 2012, India is in the 18th position in total malaria cases and on the 12th position in reported malaria deaths,” she added.
“In Manipur, the highest incidents of reported malaria cases during the last 20 years was 2,736 in the year 2004 but only 6 cases were reported in the 2018 which is a reduction by 99 percent, and the state aims to eliminate Malaria by 2021,” the DMO Kangpokpi continued while also mentioning that there were 512 cases of Malaria reported in 2006 from Kangpokpi district, but within 10 years it has drastically reduced and only 8 cases have been reported in 2016 while significantly no cases of Malaria was reported in 2018.
“Considering the epidemiological data trend, it is the right time for the people of Kangpokpi district to focus our attention towards elimination of Malaria in the district by 2020,” she said while adding that the condition of elimination is that there should be no indigenous case of Malaria for 3 consecutive years along with other required documents.
Dr. Ph. Henkhoneng Mate further made an appeal to the people of Kangpokpi to join hands together, cooperate and support one another and take ownership of Malaria elimination within the stipulated time and end the disease in the district for good keeping in mind the theme of this year World Malaria Day observation ‘Zero Malaria Starts with Me’.
The event was attended by additional DC, Kangpokpi, Lalramsang Infimate and CMO Kangpokpi, Dr. Kimneng Misao as chief guest and functional president respectively, while Chairman, Kangpokpi Town Committee, Lunseh Kipgen and AIS, Kangpokpi, Demkhosei Haokip shared the dais as guests of honours.
The dignitaries on the dais also spoke on the occasion and showed their appreciation for Dr. Ph. Henkhoneng Mate and her staff for their resourceful efforts and commitment.
A rally was also organised as a part of the World Malaria Day observance along the stretch of Trans Asian Highway No.1 within the District Headquarters till District Hospital Kangpokpi which witnessed the participations from the student community, the general public and health workers.
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