With an aim to highlight the need for continued investment and commitment for prevention and control of malaria, the state health department on Monday, conducted awareness programmes and screening drives on “World Malaria Day 2022”. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), this year, the day was observed on the theme “Harness innovation to reduce the malaria disease burden and save lives”, with an objective to call for investments and innovation that bring new vector control approaches, diagnostics and other tools to speed the pace of progress against malaria.
The National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) Dimapur unit has been organising various malaria awareness and prevention activities in the month of April across the district.
In a press release, district media officer, Kimnei informed that the unit has been putting emphasis on the role of communities in malaria elimination besides disseminating awareness on malaria and its preventive measures.
The communities which include stakeholders, church leaders, women leaders, student leaders, ASHAs etc., were oriented on NVBDCP programme activities and their roles in eliminating malaria in the district.
The release informed that since April 18-25, 56 villages under Dimapur district has been covered where malaria awareness and prevention activities were carried by NVBDCP Dimapur team led by senior malaria inspector, Nokchingsomba Chang along with Peter Sangtam, consultant, MTS, SI and SWs.
Wokha district in elimination phase of malaria: DVBO
Along with the rest of the world, World Malaria Day was observed in 56 selected villages under Wokha district.
In a press release, office of the chief medical officer (CMO) Wokha informed that the NVBDCP in Wokha district laid emphasis on behavioral change of citizens to prevent the disease burden by having a habit of daily usage of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) and reduce the source of vectors in their vicinity.
District vector borne officer (DVBO), Wokha, Dr. William Humtsoe informed that the district was in the elimination phase of malaria and was “working towards zero indigenous malaria positive cases.”
In consonance with the national and state targets of eliminating malarial disease, Dr. William said it had sharply declined over the years and expressed commitment of healthcare workers to achieve “complete malaria elimination in the district” in the coming years.
Awareness programmes such as public announcement in churches and poster campaign in village community were conducted in all the five blocks.
Meanwhile, fever screenings were also carried out in all the endemic areas.
Prior to World Malaria Day, ASHA orientation on programme activities in malaria elimination and hands on training in taking fever test was also carried out.
NVBDCP consultant, Wezolo Medo informed that the team was educating villagers on how to avail the service of ASHAs and surveillance workers in the village from whom they can get tested for free along with anti-malarial treatment during the period for complete treatment to prevent relapse in the future.
No malaria cases reported in Longleng since 2019: On World Malaria Day, NCVBDC Longleng conducted various programmes in all the three blocks—Longleng block, Yongnyah block and Tamlu block.
In a press release, district media officer K Mongsen Phom informed that the programmes were conducted in all the 48 villages of the three blocks.
ASHAs of the respective blocks conducted awareness programmes on the importance of malaria and measures to be followed in order to prevent the disease.
A total number of 392 blood samples were collected in the district. Office of the CMO also informed that since 2019, there have been no malaria cases reported in the district.
NCVBDC team of the district stated that it “has left no stone unturned in ensuring that the district is free from the deadly disease.”
Leaflets, posters and LLINs were also distributed to the public.
Meanwhile, in order to appreciate the work done by ASHAs, three of the best ASHA workers from the three blocks were presented with the best ASHA award.
The felicitation programmes were conducted at respective sub-centres where Nyeisho ASHA from Hongyu village under Pongo Health and Wellness Centre (HWC), K. Chaiying ASHA from Yangching village and Wanmei ASHA from Amosen village under Tangha (HWC) were felicitated by district vector borne consultant, A Nyumoi Phom.
The village health chairman, ANM, community health officer surveillance worker and malaria technical supervisor also attended the felicitation programme.
Nagaland felicitated for excellent performance towards malaria elimination
DIMAPUR: Nagaland was among the 18 states and union territories that was felicitated by the union minister of Health & Family Welfare, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya for “excellent performance towards malaria elimination” on World Malaria Day.
In a press release, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) informed that “Malaria Elimination” was the flagship programme of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW). In 2016, the government of India launched National Framework for Malaria Elimination (NFME) 2016-30 where various states and union territories were divided in three categories based on the Annual Parasite Incidence (API).
During the last six years, India has made progress towards Malaria Elimination with 86.5% reduction in cases and 76% reduction in deaths.