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Anti-Dengue sensitization organized in Dimapur

Anti-Dengue sensitization organized in Dimapur
Participants with NVBDCP and NDO officials and resource person Dr. Rohan. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUL 20 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/21/2018 12:21:25 AM IST
In the period between July to December 2017, there were a total of 342 dengue cases reported in Dimapur. This year, the numbers are even more worrying, as till July, there have been 19 cases of dengue reported from Chumukedima area alone.   
 Keeping in mind the need to tackle the dengue epidemic in Dimapur, the social development wing of Nagaland Baptist Churches Council, Nagaland Development Outreach (NDO) in collaboration with the Christian Institute of Health Science and Research (CISHR) and under the aegis of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) organized a workshop at Lhomiti Baptist church in Lhomoti village on Friday to train youths, village council members and the church, for them to act as agents/trainers to sensitize their respective communities about the prevention of the dengue epidemic.
The training was divided into two sessions and in the second session around 50 participants were trained on dengue and they chalked out a community program, group discussions and field exercise, led by Dr. Rohan from the Community Health Department of CISHR. 
The first session concentrated on understanding the dengue vector and virus, conditions in which Aedes Aegypti or the Tiger Mosquito thrives and multiples, the three types of dengue, the fatality rate of the disease, symptoms, treatment and prevention of dengue.  Dr. Rohan also went on to add that the only place in Dimapur where patients could confirm the presence of the dengue virus is from the Dimapur District Hospital.
Using pictures collected from in and around Dimapur, Dr. Rohan showed how the woeful and unhygienic conditions had helped dengue become an endemic problem. 
He also highlighted measures to tackle dengue: 1. Dispose solid waste properly and remove man-made mosquito habitats; 2. Cover, empty and clean domestic water storage containers on a weekly basis; 3. Apply mosquito repellents and wear bright clothing that covers well; 4. Prevent mosquitoes from accessing egg laying habitats by environmental management and modification and management; 5. Release larva eating fish in water containers; 6. Clear clogged drains.
Earlier in the program, Dimapur District Vector Borne Officer, Dr. Imtiwabong delivered the welcome speech.  The National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) was also represented by State Public Health Consultant, Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Imsubenla and NVBDCP IEC consultant Naro Longchar. 
The program was chaired by project officer, NDO-NBCC, Vikheho Chisho and the invocation was pronounced by youth pastor, Lhomiti Baptist Church, Vili.  All participants received a kit which contained a CD and other useful information.

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