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A dozen motorbike riders called malaria technical supervisors (MTS), would criss cross Meghalaya, especially remote areas, to assist in monitoring malaria. The riders, all science graduates, appointed on contract basis for Rs 6500 a month would collect blood slides and take them to health centers for tests, a health department official said. The samples would be provided by accredited social health activists (ASHA), or female voluntary community health workers at the village level, and the riders would take them to primary health centres and community health centres for testing. The collection of blood samples by health workers was cumbersome and took a lot of time, delaying medication for malaria, which occurs annually, he said. The malaria technical supervisors would assist in supervising the disease in every block and in distribution of medicine. Meghalaya,  had recorded 235 malaria deaths in 2007, but it has come down to 56 till September 2008.  Source: http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/099200901081580.htm

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