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Saturday, February 4, 2012

India to raise malaria toll figure 40-fold

Via Times of India :

" NEW DELHI : India's new official figures for malaria deaths, to be finalized in a few weeks, could be 40 times higher than present estimates.

A 16-member committee - set up by the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) - to gauge India's actual malaria death burden has reached 40, 297 as the average death per year due to the vector-borne disease.

However, India's official figure for malaria deaths stood at 1,023 and 430 in 2010 and 2011, respectively. Committee chairman and former chief of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Dr Padam Singh Pradhan told TOI in an exclusive interview that the final report was submitted to the ministry recently."

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