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AIPH University Partners with National Academy of Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases for the World Malaria Day 2022 Programme


“Malaria was one among the major public health challenges and a killer disease in India. However, with number of continued initiatives undertaken by health agencies, the disease has been brought under control in many parts of the country which were once infamous as Malaria prone. This disease is targeted to be eliminated in the country by 2030. This can be made possible with persistent health interventions, policy support and the efforts of public health experts and grassroot level functionaries”, said Padma Shri Prof Aditya Prasad Dash the Vice Chancellor of AIPH University Bhubaneswar and President, National Academy of Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases NAVBD while setting the tone at an event on World Malaria Day Awareness Programme organised on 30 April 2022 at Cuttack.

Joining the programme with a video message, renowned public health expert, Professor at Georgetown University, Washington DC and President Board of Governors, AIPH University Bhubaneswar, Prof Dr Pinaki Panigrahi said, “Malaria has continued as a nagging disease for mankind specially for the tropical countries. He called it a Modern Plague that has been taking millions of lives until recently in spite of available treatment. AIPH had the opportunity to conduct malaria research in Odisha. We came out with the findings that the symptoms in severe pediatric malaria in this geography was quite different from that seen in Africa. These results helped WHO, SEARO office reformulate the guidelines that had all along relied on data from Sub-Saharan Africa.”

While narrating the progress of malaria eradication programmes, Prof Panigrahi referred on the success in public health initiatives in Odisha to curb Malaria. He lauded major steps which include the impact of DAMaN, along with the distribution of over 1.57 Crore Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) in the state.

“To eradicate Malaria, we have to continue surveillance, track asymptomatic cases and introduce innovations in the area of drugs, vaccines and repellents etc. Moreover, we should teach our next generation not only medicine, pharmacology or immunology, but also public health and public health management to safeguard the health of our communities from such vector borne diseases”, Prof Panigrahi added.

AIPH University Bhubaneswar was a partner of this programme which was initiated by National Academy of Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases NAVBD.

Competitions like Debate and Poster Making were organised for World Malaria Day 2022. The winners were awarded on the event. Ms. Guddi Swati, MSc final year student of AIPH University Bhubaneswar was the runner up in the Debate Competition. She received a cash prize of Rs. 5000.

Vice Chancellor AIPH University and President National Academy of Vectors and Vector Borne Diseases NAVBD, Prof Aditya Prasad Dash has recently received the coveted Padma Shri. He was thus felicitated at the event. Renowned educationist and former VC of Sambalpur University Padma Shri Priyambada M Hejmadi presented a flower bouquet and memento to Prof Dash as an honour.

Faculty and Students from AIPH University Bhubaneswar attended the programme.

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