Manipur Governor Najma Heptulla on Friday said the state will be the first to achieve “zero malaria status” in the country by 2021, nine years ahead of the national target of 2030.

Talking to reporters the Governor said, “Several programmes of the State government along with the efforts of the local communities of years will make it possible.”

“The state will become the first state in the country to achieve zero-malaria-status and we will achieve this in 2021- nine years ahead of the national target which is 2030,” she reiterated.

“However, to achieve this we need to work diligently as there are several water bodies that serve as breeding grounds for malarial mosquitoes,” she said.

“The key is to make people aware of keeping the environment clean and eliminate the communicable disease,” Heptulla added.

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