Tripura aims to contain malaria outbreak as death toll rises
A high-level six-member health team led by National Health Mission Tripura Director Sailesh Kumar Yadav on Tuesday visited many malaria-affected areas and asked health centers and hospitals to further outreach their services in the remote and tribal areas.
"In 2014, around 96 people including children died due to malaria in Tripura. The situation though similar to 2014, due to timely intervention by the doctors, so far six people have died during the past one month," Health and Family Welfare Minister Sudip Roy Barman told the media.
Over 1.80 lakh Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) would be distributed in malaria-prone mountainous Dhalai district.
The LLIN was provided by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry under the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme.
Malaria poses a major public health problem in the hilly northeastern states of Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Assam, and Manipur.