At least one policeman has died and over 400 have fallen ill due to the
outbreak of malaria in Bastar.
The situation is compounded by the lack of medicare in Bastar as the region
has only one major hospital in Jagdalpur.
The hospital lacks capacity to treat the influx of patients, and the male
ward of the hospital is brimming over and over 50 personnel of the state police
and the CRPF have to lie on the floor.
The outbreak of malaria in the district has severely
impacted the security forces on the Naxal front.
The Bastar Inspector General (IG) has asked the government to provide
"Our operations have been affected. We have asked the state government to
immediately take note of the situation and ensure medicare for policemen," said
IG S R P Kalluri.
"We have given special instructions to our forces posted in sensitive
areas," he said.
At least two anti-Naxal operations in the region were to be curtailed last
week as the personnel were hit by the disease in forests, forcing the top
officers to order an immediate retreat.
Sanjay Basak, Bastar's malaria officer said that, "The sudden outbreak of malaria
is a serious issue."
"So far we have provided them chloroquine and
primaquine for malaria, but these have proved ineffective. We have taken advice
from the WHO's officers about other medicines," he said.