Thursday, June 20, 2024

Anti-Malaria Month observed in Nagaland

Nagaland News

Dimapur, June 23: National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme, Dimapur Unit observed Anti-Malaria Month 2023 with the rest of the country under the theme “Time to deliver Zero Malaria: Invest, Innovate, Implement” commencing from June 1.
During the observation, several anti-malaria activities were carried out throughout the district such as awareness on the causes and symptoms, preventive measures to be taken, diagnosis and treatment, use of insecticidal treated bednets, etc. Health camps to screen for malaria were also conducted in ten selected villages in the district.
The importance of community participation to eliminate malaria in the district was emphasized during the month long observation. Stakeholders such as village authorities, civil societies, faith-based organizations, youths, etc have been involved in all anti-malaria activities conducted in the district. Besides keeping the surrounding or village clean, the stakeholders were sensitized on the importance of source reduction which is to reduce mosquito breeding grounds in their respective localities to eliminate and prevent the spread of malaria and other vector borne diseases.
The team involved in carrying out anti-malaria activities in the district was lead by Dr. A. Kavito Zhimomi, District Vector Borne Officer, Peter Sangtam, District Vector Borne Diseases consultant, Malaria inspectors, Malaria technical supervisors, surveillance inspectors, surveillance workers, and ASHAs.
The District Vector Borne Diseases Control team urged the public to protect themselves from vector borne diseases during this monsoon period by ensuring there is no stagnant water that acts as a breeding ground for mosquitoes and keep their surroundings clean and dry, use insecticide treated mosquito nets at night, use mosquito repellants, wears full sleeves shirts and long pants, to cover all water containers and tanks, to get tested for malaria, dengue or other vector diseases in case of fever. Diagnosis and treatment for malaria are provided free of cost in all Government health units.
National Vector Borne Disease control Program (NVBDCP) Kohima observed Anti Malaria Month at Jakhama, Chiephobozou, Tseminyu, Sechu and Chunlika block during this month on the theme ‘Time to deliver zero malaria: Invest, Innovate, Implement’.
A press release by DVBO, Dr. Kevilhoulie Meyase informed that various activities were conducted at 7 villages under seven blocks from Kohima district and similar nature of activities to be held at few more villages under Kohima district.
Malaria Technical supervisors/ surveillance worker and ASHAS from various block conducted the activities along with District Consultant, Assistant Malaria officer , Malaria inspectors and vector Borne officer such as advocacy and dissemination of IEC materials, proper usages of LLIN ie mosquitoe nets campaigns , social mobilisation activities through PA system.
Public were made aware of waste management, prevention of water stagnation apart from free malaria test were undertaken. No malaria cases were detected during the screening test of malaria.
Tuensang district, National Centre for Vector Borne Disease Control (NCVBDC) is observing “Anti Malaria Month” throughout June 2023.The activities are being carried out in all blocks and village level of Tuensang district.
A free health check up and HIV screening camp were also conducted by NCVBDC team in collaboration with NSACS and IDSP Tuensang during the observance of anti malaria month.
The month-long campaign targets to collect blood samples of fever cases in the villages and to raise awareness by indulging in vector case management activities such as removing mosquito breeding sites and encouraging the beneficiaries to use mosquito net (LLIN) every night. (Page News Service)