ZIRO: The 3-day State Level Review meeting on National Vector Borne Disease Control Program (NVBDCP) began at Ziro on Thursday. The meeting will hold discussions and review the district plans for NVBDCP.
Attending the review meeting, Regional Director, Health and Family Welfare, Guwahati, Dr. Partha Jyoti Gogoi stressed on the need for concerted effort from all the stakeholders including ASHAs, MPWs, Anganwadi workers and medical fraternity to eradicate and contain the vector borne diseases.
Stating that prevention is the best way to control diseases, Dr Partha Jyoti Gogoi said, “To prevent the vector borne diseases, the medical infrastructure should be strengthened, manpower, specially, the lab technicians, should be adequately trained and massive awareness, IEC activities should be taken up”.
“Early detection, followed by prompt and complete treatment will in a long way help in controlling the vector borne disease,” Partha Jyoti Gogoi added.
“None performing MPWs and MTS and other paramedical staffs should be reprimanded and notified to the higher authorities for further course of action,” he further added, while asking the DPOs of all the vertical programmes and NHM to report such cases. Director Family Welfare-cum-SPO (NVBDCP), Arunachal Pradesh Dr Alok Yirang said that the malaria positive cases have gone down from 6,080 in 2014 to 108 cases in 2019 (till June), with no malarial deaths since 2017.
Keeping this statistics in view, the government of Arunachal Pradesh has targeted to eliminate malaria by 2025, five years ahead of the national target,” he further informed while adding that “coordination along with API wise stratification of every village and sub- centre, early diagnosis, investigation, follow-up and complete treatment is the key to eradicate vector borne disease”.
“To achieve this target, a rapid action task force is also in place to tackle any endemic scenarios,” he further highlighted.
Touching upon Japanese Encephalitis, he informed that 44 cases have been reported so far from the State, out of which 38 cases are from East Siang, 2 reports from Meghalaya and 1 case from Assam. “Precautionary measures have been widely circulated and directives issued to all the DCs and DMOs to create awareness about the disease in the districts levels as well,” he further informed.
Meanwhile, DC-cum-chairman of District Health Society (DHS) Chukhu Takar in his speech expressed gratitude to the Department of Family Welfare for organizing the State level programme at Ziro. He hoped that such review meetings will motivate and encourage the young doctors and other paramedical staffs to improve the health indicators of the State.
The morning inaugural session was followed by a technical session.