A two -day third regional review meeting of North East states for National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) was held on Friday at Hotel Millennium (Old Tourist Lodge) Kohima.
Addressing the meeting NVBDCP, Delhi Director Dr. P.L Joshi stressed on importance of social mobilization, adding it should start from grass root level and also involve civil societies, faith based organizations and elected representatives to tackle the disease and give priority in prevention of disease.
He also congratulated Nagaland for improvement on surveillance activities in the state and stressed the need to strengthen the system to prevent and control malaria.
The director also stressed on the need to remove misconception and doubts from the mind of the people on usage of DDT, and also the need to mobilize people to accept DDT.
In his key note address, Health Services Director Dr. T L Nakhro said there was improvement on surveillance activities in Malaria disease and revealed that more positive cases detected in 2009 than in 2008.
He said in 2008: 5078 cases were detected and 2009: 8489 cases were detected, while Annual Blood Examination Rate -2008: 6.8 % and 2009: 7.8 % with Prevalence rate 2008- 835 (14 % of total positive cases and 2009- 2893 34 % of total positive cases.
The director also said that malaria, the age old disease had been a major health hazards in many countries including India though numbers had come down considerably since 50’s. The impact of Malaria in the NE states is of serious concern as this region contribute 8.5- 11% of total Malaria cases and (13-15% )of total malaria mortality in the country.
Health & family welfare secretary and mission director NRHM, Nagaland T. Limsong, IAS said northeast and other states such as Orissa, Jharkhand and West Bengal, that formed East zone of India to come together and appraised union government as there was need to take serious steps to tackle the disease.
Earlier, the function was chaired by Dr. Imtimeren Jamir, additional director, health & family welfare and vote of thanks was proposed by Dr. Neiketou Angami, SPO, NVBDCP.