'Malaria Eradication Top Priority for Govt', Says Health Min
Malaria eradication is one of the top priorities of the government, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Monday, and reaffirmed the Centre's resolve to also eliminate diseases like tuberculosis, encephalitis and 'kala azar'.

He said efforts are also being made to develop a vaccine for dengue, and the government has also set up a strong surveillance system for viral diseases like Ebola.

There are a couple of diseases which are on the radar of the health ministry and malaria is one of them, he said."We are working towards ending malaria as soon as possible.

Similarly, we are aiming at eradicating leprosy, encephalitis and kala azar (visceral leishmaniasis). These are on high priority. Malaria is one of the topmost priorities," the minister told reporters here.

Malaria is caused by a parasite which is transmitted to humans through the bites of infected mosquitoes. The minister said the international target set for eradication of tuberculosis (TB) is 2030, but the Union government wants to eliminate it by 2025.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) had set 2030 as the target, as part of its 'End TB Strategy' adopted in the World Health Assembly in 2014. Asked about health issues being faced by people of Jammu and Kashmir, the minister said the government did a lot in the past five years to address them and more was in store.

Source: https://www.news18.com/news/india/malaria-eradication-top-priority-for-govt-says-health-minister-harsh-vardhan-2302337.html
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