Silchar, July 23: Shiva Palong (14), son of Pocha Rikiason of Maachkhal Khasia Punjee who was down with malaria was admitted at Kahipur Hospital recently. Owing to his critical condition, he was referred to Silchar Medical College and Hospital on the same day.
Next day, his condition deteriorated and he expired. This single instance was enough for malaria officials to spring into action. A team led by assistant malaria officer Sujoy Barman, DPO (Malaria) J H Laskar and malaria officer Lakhipur PHC Phani Bhushan Nath rushed to the village and sprayed DDT. In addition to this, they conducted an awareness camp regarding the disease. People were asked to inculcate clean habits, maintain neatness and tidiness, keep food covered, use mosquito nets and visit the nearest sub centre in case of any illness.