World Malaria Day observed across Nagaland

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/25/2019 11:46:45 AM IST

World Malaria Day (WMD) is an international event commemorated every year on April 25 to recognize global efforts to control malaria. It began from the efforts taking place across the African continent to commemorate Africa Malaria Day. WMD is one of eight official global public health campaigns currently marked by the World Health Organization (WHO). Following are reports of its observance from across the State.

Kohima: World Malaria Day was observed in Kohima district in all the five blocks viz. Kohima, Chiephobozou, Sechu, Jakhama and Tseminyu. 

A press release from the State IEC bureau, Directorate of Health and Family Welfare stated that schools in all the blocks participated in the event by conducting  rallies and then delivering speeches under the theme “Zero Malaria starts with me” at the end of the rally. 

The program was conducted by program officer, Dr. Aseno Rhetso, district consultant, Emisenla Imchen, MTS, Kekhriesilie Medom and Malaria Control staff from the Chief Medical Officer’s office.

Zunheboto: Zunheboto district observed “World Malaria Day” under the theme, “Zero Malaria start with me” by organizing a rally at Zunheboto town.

A press release from the office of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Zunheboto stated that 350 students participated in the rally which was organized in six blocks.

The NVBDCP also organised a program at the CMO’s Office where CMO, Zunheboto, Dr. CW Tungoe delivered the keynote address.

Dr. Tungoe highlighted how malaria was spread and encouraged community participation to spread awareness. He also shared on the topics of preventive measures and services available. He asked the gathered people to keep their surroundings clean to reduce mosquito breeding and to prevent the spread of malaria.

DVBDC, Mudosayi Huire, shared about prevention of malaria and the importanvce of spreading awareness about this disease.

The program was chaired by senior malaria inspector, G. Hekuto; and Sumi Baptist Church Zunheboto, assistant pastor, Itokato, invoked God blessings.

Longleng: District Health Society (DHS) Longleng commemorated “World Malaria Day” under the theme “Zero malaria starts with me” at Yachem Primary Health Centre (YPHC). 

A press release from CMO office Longleng, district media officer, Roseline stated that Dr Marina Yaden, DVBO (NVBDCP), in her keynote address, highlighted the status of malaria in the State and in Longleng. She encouraged all the participants to use Long-Lasting Insecticide-treated Nets (LLINs) regularly at night, organise sanitation drives (especially in the mosquito transmission season), and fill up ditches and other unwanted water collection sites in and around localities. Dr. Marina also encouraged them to visit the nearest health centre and avail the treatment facilities there. 

She also spoke about signs and symptoms of malaria, causes, transmission, complications, and prevention. Dr. Marina also appealed to all NVBDCP staff to step up their malaria surveillance to eliminate malaria from the district. 

Short speeches were also delivered by Dr. Chai-e Phom, MO Yachem PHC; and Imsubenla, public health consultant, Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Kohima. The program was attended by the village council, Church leaders, NGOs, and all staff of Yachem PHC.

Similarly, the day was also observed at Tamlu and Yongnyah PHCs. Students of GPS Sector ‘A’ and ‘B’ participated in the Tamlu PHC observance, students from Evangel Mission School in Yongnyah PHC, and students from Government High School participated in Yachem PHC. The students took out a procession carrying placards and banners.

Earlier, a district review meeting was held at CMO conference hall, Longleng on April 24, organized in the presence of Imsubenla Public Health Consultant, where she requested all the NVBDCP staff to co-ordinate with each other to improve their reporting system. 

Dr. Marina Yaden gave a slide-show presentation where she gave a detailed report of the status of malaria in the district. She appealed to Surveillance Workers (SW) to motivate the ASHAs and to co-ordinate with them.

Dr Wannau Phom, MO Sentinel Site, also encouraged the SWs to do their jobs sincerely and to not manipulate reports.

The meeting was attended by all NVBDCP staff under Longleng district. 

Mokokchung: The Chief Medical Office (CMO) of Mokokchung also observed World Malaria Day at Imkongmeren Sports Complex with three schools and around 400 participants.

A press release from DPMU Mokokchung stated that Dr Tiasunep, DVBO, highlighted the significance of the day and briefed participants about malaria and how it spreads from person to person. He emphasised on the need to keep surroundings clean to stop mosquito breeding and he also spoke about preventive measures, and services and medicines available free of cost to the public at government health centres. He thanked CMO, Dr. Chubala Aier for her presence in the program and the teachers, students and staff for attending the program.

A student from Imsutemjen Higher Secondary School delivered a short speech on the theme “Zero malaria starts with me”. The program was graced by Bendang Jamir, associate pastor, and it was chaired by Imkummongba, DVBD consultant. 

Similar programs were held in all four blocks of Mokokchung district. In Changtongya there were 210 participants and four schools, in Tuli two schools with 221 students, and in Mangkolemba one school with 167 students led by MOs from different blocks.

Tuensang: Tuensang district observed “World Malaria Day” in eight villages under eight blocks with rally marches by school students.

A press release from Tuensang media officer Apheang stated that at New Chungliyimti village Chare block, District Vector Borne Officer (DVPO) Tosoviho, highlighted the target set by India to eliminate malaria by 2030. 

A short speech was delivered by Imti, surveillance inspector Chare, and Takayangba, VDB secretary. Suzila gave a talk that highlighted the day’s theme.

The program was chaired by Ramokla, women pastor New Chungliyimti and a welcome speech was delivered by Meren, malaria technical supervisor Chare block. The program was attended by Church leaders, village council members, NGOs and students of GPS.

Phek: The Phek National Vector Borne Disease Control Program (NVBDCP) observed ‘World Malaria Day’ under the theme “Zero malaria starts with me”. 

A press release from district media officer, Kutolu Nakro stated that a rally was also organized from DC office junction to Clock Tower, participated in by students of Bishop Abraham Memorial School (BAMS), Government Higher Secondary School, CMHSS & Royal Foundation School.

At the observance program, Vithwel Kwelo EAC, Phek, in his exhortation, called upon community leaders and encouraged them to join hands to fight to make Phek district a zero malaria district.

Rhive-u, a class 9 student of BAMS, gave a speech on the theme. Signs and symptoms of malaria and preventive measures were discussed by Dr. Lanuakum, district vector borne officer, Phek. 

Dr. Vibeituonuo Mepfuo, CMO Phek, thanked the administration, pastors, colony chairmen, teachers, and students for the success of the program. Rallies were also conducted in all blocks. 

The program was chaired by Sedeu Rupreo, DPM NHM Phek, and the invocation was said by Thepucuyi Khesoh, pastor Phek Town Baptist Church.

Dimapur: Rallies were organized in Dimapur district to observe “World Malaria Day”, participated in by school children in all the blocks of Dimapur.

A press release from DPMU Dimapur stated that Dr. Imtiwabong, District Vector Borne Officer (DVBO), Dimapur, urged participants to keep their surroundings clean, remove stagnant water from their surroundings, and unclog drainage to avoid water stagnation, and dispose of trash that may retain water near habitats. He also urged them to use Long-Lasting Insecticide-treated Nets (LLINs) treated mosquito nets and to report any fevers and get tested for malaria for early detection and complete treatment.

He further said that blood tests for malaria can be done in any government health unit, and with surveillance workers, ANMs and ASHAs at the village levels. The test can also be done at the office of the Urban Vector Borne Disease Scheme attached to the CMO’s office Dimapur.

The schools which took part in the rallies were Holy Cross Higher Secondary School Dimapur, Rivenburg School Medziphema, Shepherd Montessori School Niuland, Little Flower School Chumukedima, GHSS Diphupar, GMS Diphupar, and St. George School Dhansiripar.

The rallies were organized by the National Vector Borne Disease Control Program (NVBDCP) in coordination with block SMOs, MOs, MTSs, VTSs, SWs and respective school authorities.

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