Dengue awareness program held in Dimapur

Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUL 27 (NPN): | Publish Date: 7/28/2018 12:15:44 AM IST

 A Dengue awareness program aimed at empowering gaon buras, civil societies, village council members and the general public was held at Dimapur Town Hall on Friday. The program was organized by National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme (NVBDCP) in collaboration with the chief medical officer of Dimapur and the Dimapur Municipal Council.

While resource person, consultant of CIHSR, Dr. Rohan dwelt on the causes, signs and symptoms of dengue fever, assistant director of Urban Vector Borne Disease Scheme (UVBDS), Kiko Kheiya spoke on measures to prevent dengue.

Dr. Rohan elaborated on how Aedes Aegypti Mosquitoes are fearless daytime biters and feed early in the morning and in the evening before dusk. The Aedes Aegypti Mosquito can fly up to 400 meters looking for water-filled containers to lay their eggs (up to 400 eggs) but usually remains close to human habitation. They are greedy biters and prefer to bite more than one person during the feeding period, he added.

Dr. Rohan further highlighted the symptoms associated with dengue -- high fever (higher than 104 °F/40° C), severe headache, pain behind the eyes, rashes, vomiting, and muscle and joint pain, loss of sense of taste and appetite, measles like rash over the chest and upper limbs. 

Adding that the symptoms are generally visible within 4 to 10 days and the progression to serious severe dengue could take place in the next 2 to 7 days, he advised those present to get treated immediately at the onset of the symptoms and take all necessary precautions.

Speaking on measures to prevent dengue, assistant director, UVBD, Kiko Kheiya outlined the roles urban local bodies can play in prevention of the disease. He suggested that Dimapur Municipal Council could implement a program for water supply, sewage, drainage and solid waste management to keep the environment free from vector breeding.  He proposed anti-larval measures to be undertaken by construction authorities and completion certificate should be issued only after proper disposal of storage tanks or dismantling such structures so that no rain water can accumulate. 

Kheiya suggested many other reasoned control measures that authorities could consider. 

Earlier in the program, the Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) administrator, Moa Sangtam in his welcome address, informed the gathering that the DMC will shortly issue a circular making it mandatory for social work to held across Dimapur every Saturday from 7 to 8 a.m from August till November. He added that those who do not follow the directive would be penalized.

Apart from the resource persons, brief presentations were also made by DPO (RCH-UIP), Dr Rebecca Sema, Dy. CMO, Dr. Antoly and Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant, District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit (DAPCU), Temsuyanger Aier. 

Dr Rebecca Sema stated that the Rubella and Measles vaccination campaign will be conducted from October 3 till November 5. The vaccination will be administered to every child from 9 months to 15 years. In the first and second week, students in government, semi-government, and private schools will be immunized. In the third and fourth week, immunization will be conducted at the community level. In the fifth week, children who have missed out will be immunized. 

Deputy Chief Medical officer, Dr. Antoly and evaluation assistant, DAPCU, Temsuyanger Aier also spoke at the program

It ended with a vote of thanks by the Chief Medical Officer, Dr Vikato Kinimi. The program was chaired by District Vector Borne Officer, Imtiwabong Aier. Around 50 members participated in the program.


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