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Three persons reportedly died due to malaria during the last few days in Dhalai district of Tripura while the number of deaths in six months is six said the State Health Minister.

Most of the deaths have been reported from Gandhara sub-division in Dhalai. Several malaria affected patients are under treatment in the Gandhara hospital.

Patients and family members of the malaria patients complained that there are no proper medical services in their area.

On Monday, a five-year-old girl Alena Tripura died in the Gandachere hospital.

Attending doctor Bir Kumar Tripura said that at present there are nine malaria patients in the hospital and there is no dearth of medicines.

Meantime, according to Tripura Health Minister Sudip Roy Barman, during last six months as because of malaria, six deaths have been reported in the state while one more death due to Japanese encephalitis.

He claimed that this year as because of the proactive steps of the State Health Department workers the deaths incident due to malaria is less compared to the year 2014 during which at least 96 persons lost life in a similar situation.

However, Roy Barman viewed that this year as massive health camps were organized in the malaria-prone areas the number so the number of detection has been more and as a result of which lives could be saved but unfortunately in some cases mainly among the tribal section of people due to superstition malaria patients they could not be convinced to go to hospital for treatment and for which the administration even had to take help of the police to forcefully send the malaria patients to hospital.

He added that the Health Department during the last few days has arranged several health camps especially in the remote areas and in which blood sample of more than one lakh people have been examined out of which 7048 (blood sample) cases have reported positive carrying malaria parasites.

The Health Minister informed that on Tuesday, a Health Department team shall visit some of the remotest areas by air to conduct health camps.

Pinaki Das

Pinaki Das is Northeast Now Correspondent in Agartala. He can be reached at: pinakianisk@gmail.com

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