Tripura declared "malaria-prone"

Agartala: Tripura has been declared malaria prone following the detection of 346 positive cases of Plasmodium Falciparum (PF) in the state in the last one month, official sources said today.

Health minister Tapan Chakraborty said that medical experts have advised the state government to use second generation drugs instead of traditional medicines to prevent malaria.

The state health department has sent 25 malaria surveillance teams to Dhalai, Unokoti and North Tripura, the worst affected districts since last week.

Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHA) workers have been given instant PF diagnosis kits throughout the state, he said.

All precautionary measures were being taken to prevent the disease, adequate drugs were available and not a single death was reported from any part of the state so far, the minister said.