Although it reported the highest number of malarial deaths last year (with at least 96 people succumbing during an outbreak), the state of Tripura has utilised just 13 per cent of the vector-borne disease control funds available to it this year.
Meanwhile, the state has already registered more than 18,000 people as having been infected with the disease this year alone, higher than at any year in this decade excluding 2014. There have also been at least 14 deaths.
Data released last week by the National Vector Borne Diseases Control Program (NVBDCP) shows the state has used just Rs 1.6 crores out of the more than 11.6 crores available to it for battling the disease.
All of this year’s funds is in turn leftovers from the funds it received last year, when more than 51,000 people were diagnosed with the illness (The state spent none whatsoever from last year’s funds, according to the data, which also shows the central agency has not released any funds to Tripura this year).
Tripura Health Minister Badal Choudhury did not respond to calls for comments.