Blood samples of 19,767 students of 214 residential schools run by ST and SC Development Department in the tribal-dominated district were tested between July 6 and August 3.

The Collector directed the health officials to conduct the tests after 65 of 143 students of a primary residential school at Ranipathara were found suffering from the vector-borne disease last month. The Collector launched a three-month malaria, dengue and diarrhoea awareness drive last week and said the focus will be on school children.

"The accredited social health activists and other health workers will follow up the programme. They will immediately refer such cases to government hospitals," said Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) Sapaneswar Gadanayak.

The students will be sensitised on the causes of the vector-borne disease, he added. The programme will start with Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) in all hostels and schools to check malaria outbreak.

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