New Delhi, Jan 4 (PTI) Malaria cases reduced by three million in India in 2017 compared to 2016, Union Health Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda told Lok Sabha on Friday. Also Read - Japanese Women's Team Pulls out of Asian Wrestling

The number of deaths came down to 54 in 2018 from 194 in 2017. Also Read - Depressed After Break Up, Man Tries to Open Delhi-Varanasi Flight's Emergency Door Mid-Air

Nadda said in Lok Sabha that the World Malaria Report 2018, published by the WHO, has reported a significant drop in the estimated malaria cases in India by three million fewer cases in 2017 as compared to 2016 which is a decrease of 24 per cent. Also Read - Man Beaten & Forced to Chant Slogans For Alleged Theft, Attacker Arrested After Video Goes Viral

“Deaths due to Malaria as reported by the states have come down from 194 in 2017 to 54 in 2018 till September,” he said during the Question Hour.

The minister said this achievement is primarily due to intensified efforts, including improved surveillance, early diagnosis and complete treatment, distribution of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs), uninterrupted logistic supply and by strengthening of monitoring and supervision etc.

“The central government’s constant effort is to talk to the states regularly and asking them to follow the prescribed protocol so that deaths due to communicable diseases come down,” he said.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.