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Suspected outbreak of Malaria in Mon
Correspondent/ Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, Jul 16 (NPN):
Published on 17 Jul. 2009 12:47 AM IST
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Suspected cases of malarial deaths in the last two weeks have been reported from Nokzang village under Mon district. Villagers claimed that nineteen lives have been lost till now due to the disease. However, it was still not ascertained whether all the deaths have been caused by malaria. Speaking to Nagaland Post over the phone, Mon Chief Medical Officer T Kikon and Medical Directorate disclosed that about 200 patients were examined and out of those 70 persons suspected of malaria underwent blood slide tests and out of that 13 persons were found to be Plasmodium Falciparum positive. CMO Mon T Kikon said immediate treatment has been initiated to the patients. Medical teams have been dispatched to affected village and efforts are on to tackle the situation, he said. The department, on the other hand has clarified that the death toll within the last three months was 16 and not 19 as claimed earlier. Seven deaths in the month of May, seven in June and 2 deaths in the month of July were recorded. Meanwhile, District Malaria Officer (DMO) Dr Arenla disclosed that all the deaths reported by certain section of media were incorrect as microscopic test such as blood slide were not carried out on patients and as such the deaths cannot be confirmed as malarial victims. Further, she disclosed that medical treatments were immediately administered to the patients and more medical teams have been dispatched in that village. It may be mentioned that Nokzang village located 90 kilometers from Mon headquarter have no approach road and no sub-centres to cater to the needs of the villagers.

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