Malaria is scourge to mankind and kills more patients than HIV. Although a disease of tropics, it exists in 107 countries of the world. Odisha accounts for 25% malaria cases in India. Malaria deaths range from 1-3 million annually, particularly in Africa children below 5 years being the common victims.
Though five species of Malaria parasite cause human disease, P.vivax and P.falciparum species are more common to India. 100 million cases of malaria occur each year in India, but many cases go unreported. Immunity to malaria after one infection is partial and wanes with time thus making one vulnerable to repeated infection.
Since there is no extra human reservoir of parasite, malaria is preventable. With increasing chloroquine resistance and emerging artemesinin resistance, malaria can play havoc in future unless effective steps are taken to eradicate it. Diagnosis and treatment of malaria is not difficult but case identification needs more effort. Time is ripe when physicians, epidemiologists and public health specialists should converge and work coherently to combat malaria.
In this connection, a seminar cum Continuing Medical Education (CME) on diagnosis and treatment of malaria was conducted by the department of internal medicine, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) on 27th December 2017, where eminent Physicians, Microbiologists, Pharmacologists, paediatricians and Community Medicine Specialists took part and delivered talk on the topic. More than 150 experts and students participated in this CME conducted under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Ambika Mohanty, HoD, Medicine, KIMS.