Thursday, October 8, 2015

Artemisinin helped check malaria: ITDA


The officials of the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), Utnoor claimed that they have controlled the malaria positive cases and its related deaths using ‘Artemisinin’ medicine (ACT combipack) this year in the Adilabad district of Telangana.


China’s scientist Tu Youyou got Noble prize in medicine category for developing the medicine Artemisinin for the year 2015.

Artemisinin has been proved to be doing well medicine in controlling malaria across the world and Tu Youyou has developed the medicine from the traditional Chinese medicine.

Project officer of ITDA, Utnoor R.V Karnan said they have used the Artemisinin medicine to control the malaria cases in the Agency areas and treated 5,985 malaria positive cases in this year in the district and that they have procured nearly 22,000 ACT kits to treat patients.

He said many lives have been saved by administering ACT medicine in the Agency in the district this season. However, 18 people succumbed to malaria this year.
Karnan said the number of deaths were considerably low in ratio of detected positive malaria cases in this year when compared to malaria positive cases and deaths in previous years.

According to official sources, the ITDA, Utnoor has procured only 7,000 ACT kits till 2014 from 2008 from the directorate of medical and health but nearly 22,000 ACT kits were procured from various sources in 2015 to control the malaria cases with special efforts made by project officer of ITDA.

However, according to unofficial sources the actual number of malaria positive cases and deaths is much more than the official figures this year like in the past.