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Odisha ahead of six states in controlling Dengue-Meherda

Bhubaneswar, May 16 (UNI) The performance of Odisha in controlling Dengue is better than many other states, State Secretary for Health and Family Welfare P K Meherda said.
Speaking at a function on the initiatives taken by the state to control Dengue –Malaria on the National Dengue day here today Dr Meherda said Odisha is way ahead of six other states in controlling the Dengue.
Dengue was first detected in the country in 1945 and took an epidemic form for the first time in Delhi in 1988. In 2018 as many as 89974 people were affected by Dengue and 144 people died of the disease.
Dengue broke out in Odisha for the first time in 2010. In 2018 as many as 5198 people were affected and five died of Dengue.
Out of 5198 suffering from Dengue 1559 were from outside the state, the Health Secretary said.
He said 25 people were affected by the disease and none succumbed to the disease. The government, he said has distributed 56 lakh more medicated mosquitoes to the people to prevent the spread of the disease.
The incidence of Malaria has also been reduced by 84 per cent due to the use of medicated mosquitoes and other initiatives taken by the government, he claimed.
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