Media reports have reported some positive news on the health front about India. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that India recorded the largest reduction in malaria cases in South East Asia between 2000-2019.
According to WHO, India made strong progress in the fight against malaria, recording the largest reduction in cases in South-East Asia from 20 million in 2000 to about 5.6 million last year. It said that “Countries in South-East Asia made particularly strong progress, with reductions in cases and deaths of 73 per cent and 74 per cent, respectively. India contributed to the largest drop in cases region-wide – from approximately 20 million to about 6 million.”
The World Malaria Report 2020 states that last year, the disease claimed about 409,000 lives globally, compared to 411,000 in 2018.
India’s Progress in Fighting Malaria – Account of WHO
While acknowledging that India’s consistent fight against Malaria has been spread over many years since 2000, the WHO does note that the progress India made in recent years has been remarkable.
WHO noted that India’s impressive gains in the fight against malaria covers the reductions in cases and deaths of 18 per cent and 20 per cent, respectively, over the last 2 years.
Malaria Elimination – India’s Story
Earlier, The True Picture covered the story of India’s fight against Malaria in detail. A set of data is worth-recalling.
Owing to better reporting of cases post 2014, there was a bulge in the cases reported. But soon that started reducing with improved prevention measures.
The number of deaths has also reduced due to better medical care and access to hospitals.