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Devise activity plan with measurable monitoring indicators of Dengue: Senior Consultant advises State Health authorities

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DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 11: Senior Consultant at National Centre for Vector Borne Diseases Control (NCVBDC), under the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Kalpana Baruah, on Monday advised Nagaland Health authorities to devise an activity plan with measurable monitoring indicators of Dengue.
Participating via video conference at an inter-sectoral meeting on Dengue and other vector borne diseases, held at the Deputy Commissioner’s conference room, at Dimapur, the Senior Consultant said that vector proliferation is governed by climatic factors, unplanned urbanisation and increase in construction and developmental activities.
According to her, lack of community ownership also represents a huge challenge to curbing the spread of vector borne disease.
Baruah urged the State Departments to come up with preparatory activities for the next season and find out the reason for the spread of Dengue in all the districts.
Also participating through video conference, Dr. NI Singh, the Additional Senior Regional Director at the Regional Office for H&FW in Imphal, laid out the roles and responsibilities of community and allied Departments in preventing dengue.
Singh maintained that community participation reduces the intensity of Dengue transmission “as communities are primed to take rapid action”.
He identified communities like Resident Welfare Association, public leaders, Panchayat members, Self Help Groups, NGOs and business owners as those with the potential to sensitise the issue at the grassroots.
He also said that protective clothing, mats, coils, repellents, mosquito nets, etc., will help prevent mosquito bites and transmission of dengue.
Dr. Tinurenla Anichari, Deputy Director of NCVBDC in Nagaland, gave an overview on NCVBDC and informed that it covers 6 vector borne diseases: Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis, Dengue, Chikungunya, Kala-azar and Filariasis.
Dr. Limatula Aier, Chief Medical Officer, Dimapur, delivered the keynote address and said that awareness campaigns related to dengue were held in churches, villages and among colony leaders.
V Kezo, Commissioner & Secretary for Health and Family Welfare Department, informed that a Dengue Response Team was formed in Dimapur with Minister of Health & Family Welfare Minister, P Paiwang Konyak, as its chairman.
He stressed on building coordination and partnership among Departments in order to tackle the outbreak of Dengue in the State.
Vizo urged the Departments to prepare activities for sensitisation on vector borne diseases. He said that more awareness programmes are needed in different wards, colonies, schools and colleges.
(Page News Service)