Malaria has claimed 40 lives in Meghalaya so far this year, state Health minister E D Marak informed the Assembly today.
Replying to a calling attention notice, Marak said 11 deaths were reported from West Garo Hills, seven from South Garo, six from East Garo Hills, nine died in West Khasi, four in East Khasi and Ri-Bhoi district reported three deaths.
This year, there has been a "more serious" incidence of malaria as compared to earlier year with the disease assuming greater severity not only in the state but in other neighbouring states of the north east especially Assam, he said Various awareness camps were also organised in the areas which were more seriously affected, so that the general public could be made aware of preventive steps required to be taken.
Government was keeping a close watch on the situation and monitoring the incidence of malaria to take all necessary steps.
The notice were jointly tabled by P M Syiem, Manas Chaudhuri (both Independents) and D Kharshiing (MDP).