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Dimapur, June 30: Dimapur NVBDCP unit observed Anti-Malaria Month 2020 in the month of June under the theme ‘Zero Malaria starts with me’ in all the blocks under Dimapur District.
Interpersonal communication in the form of focus group discussion was held in 15 selected villages. These 15 villages were selected based on the high prevalence of malaria in the past years.
During the FGD, elimination strategies were discussed focusing on early diagnosis and complete treatment and regular usage of bed-nets and other self protective measures to prevent mosquito bites. The importance of developing health seeking behavior was also emphasized during the discussion.
M. Ezewe, District Consultant, NVBDCP Dimapur along with respective Block Malaria Technical Supervisors conducted the FGD sessions. While emphasizing on the importance of early diagnosis and complete treatment, Ezewe stated that incomplete treatment may cause relapses and resistance to anti-malarial drugs. Early diagnosis and treatment also reduces the transmission rate and interrupt the transmission cycle in the community, he said.
He also urged the communities to conduct sanitation drive on a regular basis in their respective communities to reduce mosquito breeding sources. He also states that mosquitoes causing malaria breed in clean stagnant water and any damp places.
He requested every citizen to keep their surroundings clean and dry and prevent mosquitoes from breeding. He also stated that without the active participation of the communities and each individual taking the responsibility to eliminate malaria, the fight against malaria and other vector borne diseases will not be successful. He further stated that ASHAs in the villages are qualified to conduct blood test for malaria, and urged the communities to seek the assistance of ASHAs if they have fever.
During the month long observation, NVBDCP Dimapur also screened fever cases, distributed IEC materials and conducted poster campaign in the blocks. The 15 villages where FGD sessions were conducted are Nihokhu, Zukihe, Piphema, Pherima, Tenyiphe-I, Chumukedima Ward-4, Doyapur, Hazadisa, Pukhato, Seluophe, Khasiram, Aoyimkum, Burma Camp East Block, Lingrijan, and Neisatuo Colony. Whatsapp Groups in these villages were created to share information related to malaria and other health related information.
The following Phone numbers may be contacted for any fever/malaria suspect cases: Dhansiripar Block – 8413809947, Dimapur Sadar – 8730017295 & 9366062567, Chumukedima – 7005280899, Medziphema – 8732093485, Niuland – 7005852844, Kuhuboto – 9856156099 and Consultant – 9862754648. (Page News Service)