Wokha: With the theme ‘Prevent Mosquito Breeding, Malaria Control Everyone’s Concern’, anti- malaria month was observed at Wokha district on June 23 at DC conference Hall. Athel. O. Lotha was the chief guest and the programme was participated by departmental officials, student bodies, members of town council, various NGOs and staff. The chief guest while lauding the medical department for organizing the program also urged NVBDCP to continue working in order to get rid of this killer disease.
She also encouraged DPO (NVBDCP) to implement proper health programme and create awareness among the citizens for healthy living and further urged other departments to come together in propagating health awareness in the society.
Through a power point presentation Dr. Zuben, DPO (NVBDCP) Wokha highlighted the participants on the significance of observing anti- malaria month and said that the main objective was to create awareness among the community about this man made disease and its preventive measures. He also requested the different departments to join hands with the medical fraternity in fighting against vector borne disease.
Practical knowledge and demonstration of impregnation of bed nets with insecticides was meted out by NVBDCP staff Wokha to the participants. Earlier, the function was chaired by Dr. W.N Ezung, deputy chief medical officer Wokha and Steve enchanted the participants with a special number.
CRS hostellers: Hostellers of Charity Residential School (CRS) 5th mile Dimapur observed anti-malaria month on June 24 at the hostel premises.
National vector borne disease central programme (NVBDCP) team was led by inspector Nishito Sema Dimapur with ten staff who conducted a brief programme on observance of malaria month. Free malaria blood test clinic was set up and IRC team also spread DDT on the staff quarter and surrounding houses.
Diphupar ‘B’ village: Medical team headed by DPO, NVBDCP Dr. Moa Jamir and team members under the aegis of anti-malaria month campaign visited Diphupar ‘B’ village on June 23 and distributed pamphlets, leaflets and examined the blood borne collections.
The team also distributed anti-malaria medicines. Around 318 patients were examined and distributed long lasting insecticidal mosquito nets to the villagers.
Kiphire: The national vector borne disease control program (NVBDCP), office of the chief medical officer Kiphire has expressed gratitude to chairman Torechu, MLA and parliamentary secretary, deputy commissioner and all Kiphire DPDB members for enabling the NVBDCP (Malaria) to project malaria education/advocacy and awareness campaign at the last DPDB meeting held on June 6.
A power point presentation was shown by district program officer NVBDCP Kiphire on malaria-medical problem and malaria as a disease, recent developments on malaria control were some of the highlights of the presentation.
Other important points discussed include proper use of poisonous chemicals like DDT and how to avoid and stop its use by adopting alternative measures like behavior change, self protection, cleanliness, good sanitation, use of bed nets, use of locally available vaporizers (tablets/liquids) and use of traditional measures and also how to diagnose and treat malaria was highlighted.
Further, the strength and weakness of NVBDCP at the district level was also pointed out followed by a small discussion initiated by MLA and parliamentary secretary Torechu.
Yimpang P.H.C and Lio-Longchum village: Malaria camp cum medical camp was conducted at Yimpang P.H.C and Lio-Longchum village under Wokha district on June 19. The staff of Yimpang P.H.C, NVBDCP, Anganwadi workers were led by Dr. Chiben Kithan medical officer Yimpang PHC. 148 patients were examined, ANC’s and free medicines were distributed; around 34 fever cases were tested for malaria and treatment was given accordingly.
Villagers were sensitized on the awareness of vector borne diseases and on the importance of institutional delivery, immunization, sanitation and hygiene, indoor DDT-spray and use of impregnated mosquito nets.
Further, the medical officer assured the villagers for early DDT spray in the area and distribution of impregnated mosquito nets.