Dimapur, June 29: Anti-Malaria Month was observed in Zunheboto and Longleng district, on the theme “Reaching the Zero Malaria Target”.
In Zunheboto, activities were carried out among the community to create awareness on fatal vector borne diseases.
“The district carried out activities and undertook malaria clinic, awareness and sensitisation, miking, free distribution of IEC materials and distribution of first aid medicines. This year the team covered 10 hard to reach villages and high endemic areas. A total of 271 blood slides for malaria were collected during the month long activities. In the month long activities the team was led by Dr. J Hokugha, DVBO, DVBC, AMO, MTS, SWs and ASHAs,” informed a press release.
Similar activities were conducted in Longleng district.
“On the occasion of the observation of Anti-Malaria Month, VBD Consultant, MTS, SWs, and ASHAs in the district encouraged participation of the communities through mass media campaigns, interpersonal communication, miking, distribution of posters and IEC materials, field visits, house-to-house visits to check the use of LLIN, and sample collections. The campaign was carried out following strict COVID appropriate behaviours, and SOPs. The Anti-Malaria month was observed in ten villages selected from all the three blocks, Hukphang, Lingtak, Yaongyimchem, Yachem, Yongnyah, Nyang, Yongam, Tamlu town, Shemnyuching and Yonglok villages,” another press release informed.
At Longleng block, A Nyumoi Phom, District Vector Borne Disease (DVBD) Consultant, highlighted the status of malaria in the State as well as of Longleng.
She encouraged all the participants to use LLINS regularly at night, to organise sanitization drive especially during the mosquito transmission season, to fill up the ditches and other unwanted water collection sites in and around the locality, which invites mosquito breeding.
She also spoke on the signs and symptoms of malaria, causes, transmission, complications, and prevention. She encouraged all the villagers to co-operate with the ASHAs when they come to collect the blood slides. It was observed that since 2019, there has been no malaria cases in Longleng district.
(Page News Service )