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Malaria Day, April 25, to create awareness locally

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Manipal Apr 25, 2018: Manipal McGill Center for Infectious Diseases (MACID), Prasanna School of Public Health, in association with Departments of Community Medicine and Medicine, KMC, will observe World Malaria Day on April 25, at Manipal by organising lectures and street plays.  This year’s theme for  World Malaria Day is “Ready to Beat Malaria. Are We Ready Yet?”

Malaria DayLectures will be delivered on diagnosis, perils and pitfalls of management of malaria and deliberations by a panel of experts, including District Malaria Officer, Udupi.

The theme for the lectures will be “Challenges in Implementation of the Malaria Control Projects in Coastal Regions of Karnataka.”

The street play will be a competition for students and faculty of Manipal Academy of Higher Education. The theme for the street play is, “End Malaria for Good”.

Manipal McGill Center for infectious Diseases was established in 2016.

In addition to conducting research and training in priority areas of infectious diseases, it undertakes public awareness programs related to infections through various initiatives.

India has fourth highest number of malaria deaths in the world, behind three Sub-Saharan countries, namely Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burkina Faso according to World Malaria Report 2017.  These four countries account for 58% of all malaria deaths globally. The incidence in coastal districts too is an issue needing care.