New Delhi: April 23, 2011
India’s malaria figures till now seem to have been highly underestimated. Under the country’s National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), malaria was believed to have infected 1.53 million and killed just over 1,100 in 2009. However, World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated over 15,000 deaths. Fresh estimates worked out by experts from WHO, Union health ministry and NVBDCP — based on a new methodology — says the number of deaths is more than double of what WHO had earlier estimated.
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