Malaria-endemic districts reduced to 63 in 2018: Govt

The government has identified malaria-prone areas of the country and the number of high endemic districts has reduced from 132 in 2016 to 63 in 2018, Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey informed the Parliament on Friday.

He said that dengue and chikungunya are outbreak prone diseases and their cases varied from the state to state.

The minister said in a written reply that 96 people died due to malaria in the country in 2018 with Chhattisgarh reporting the highest number of deaths (39) followed by Tripura and Maharashtra, each recording 13 deaths. A total 42,9928 cases of Malaria were reported in the country in 2018.

Further 172 people succumbed to dengue in 2018 with 55 of them dying in Maharashtra followed by Kerala and Tamil Nadu which recorded 32 and 13 deaths respectively.

A total 57,813 cases of chikungunya were reported in the country in 2018. Till date, no death has been reported by any state or Union Territory that is directly attributable to chikungunya, the minister said.