The State government has decided to use medicated mosquito nets in large scale in order to contain deaths caused by killer malaria in the State, besides launching massive awareness programme on all vector borne diseases.

Addressing the concluding day session of the two-day-long conference of Chief District Medical Officers, Health and Family Welfare Secretary Anu Garg said the State government was focusing on behavioural change of people with regards to vector borne diseases. A booklet on training which has been published by the National Vector Borne Diseases Control Cell in this regard would be circulated for the first time, Ms. Garg said.

Minister of Health and Family Welfare Prasanna Acharya asked the health administration in district to intensify distribution of medicated mosquito in malaria prone areas.

Pointing out that the State government was trying to bring down malarial deaths, Mr. Acharya said gram panchayat representatives and people would be made aware about use of mosquito nets, importance of cleanliness and school education programme.

According to a press release issued by the Health and Family Welfare department, the State government has achieved spectacular success in containing malarial deaths from 32.97 per cent malaria deaths in 2001 to 17 per cent in 2009.

Moreover, the slide test rate in the State has gone up from 24,20,073 in August 2009 to 25,56,321 by August this year.