Malaria in Maharashtra: decreasing incidence

Contributed by Dr Ashwini Tayade

Cases of malaria and related deaths in the state have been decreasing over the last 3 years, reveals government data. While the state recorded 23 983 cases in 2016, the cases have decreased to 17 710 cases in 2017 and 9322 in 2018 respectively. Interestingly, according to state surveillance officer and entomologist, the number of cases in rural Maharashtra have gone down, while they have seen a rise in city areas like Mumbai and Thane. Entomologist Mahendra Jagtap said, "In the malaria-problem areas, especially Gadchiroli, we have distributed around 6.5 lakh [650 000] long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) which are promoted by WHO as a sustainable method for protection against malaria.