Published : The Times of India/
The state government has decided to launch a new malaria control programme, DAMAN, in inaccessible areas with annual expenditure of Rs 24 crore from the state budget. To start with DAMAN, acronym for Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakaran (malaria control in inaccessible areas) will be implemented in 8,000 villages of all 79 blocks of eight high malaria endemic southern districts: Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangapur, Kalahandi, Rayagada, Gajapati, Nuapada and Kandhamal, a government statement said. DAMAN will continue for five years with a total spending of Rs 120 crore. The government has already sanctioned Rs 10 crore to role out the programme. Under this programme, around 80 lakh high-risk population will benefit.