Monday, January 30, 2023

Anti-Malaria Month concludes in Peren, Mon

Along with the rest of the country, Peren and Mon districts observed “Anti-Malaria Month” on the theme “Harness Innovation to Reduce the Malaria Disease burden and Save Lives”. Healthcare workers under respective offices of the chief medical officers (CMOs) visited villages under various districts where blood tests, demonstration on usage of Long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs), etc., were carried out. It may be mentioned that Anti Malaria Month is observed every year in the month of June throughout the country, prior to the onset of monsoon and transmission season, in order to enhance awareness and encourage community participation through mass media campaigns and Inter-Personal Communication (IPC).
Peren aims to maintain malaria negative status: National Center for Vector Borne Diseases Control (NCVBDC) under CMO office Peren concluded the observance of Anti Malaria Month on June 29.
In a press release, district media officer Shekho Sophie informed that 10 villages were selected for the activities from all the four blocks of Peren—Beisumpuikam, Ngwalwa Town, Gaili Namdi, Pedi, Peletkie, Ndunglwa, Old Chalkot, Inbung, Old and New Tesen and the selection was based on certain criteria such as low awareness/possible malaria susceptibility/difficulty to reach.
The district NCVBDC unit under the supervision of District Vector Borne Disease officer (DVBO/ DSO) Dr. Hedungkiebe and district consultant along with Block Malaria Technical Supervisors (BMTS) and Surveillance Workers (SWs) and Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) of selected villages actively carried out community sensitisation and awareness about the signs and symptoms, preventive measures, correct and daily usage of LLINs, availability of testing and treatment in all health facilities and awareness about other vector borne diseases.
Dr. Hedungkiebe informed that no malaria cases were reported in Peren since 2021 and the district was actively aiming to maintain the negative status.
The awareness-cum-health camps conducted in the villages also saw the participation of village leaders, youth and women organisations. Mass screenings for malaria at selected villages and of migrant workers were also conducted as part of the of the campaign.
373 blood slides in Mon test negative for malaria: District NCVBDC Mon conducted various activities during the Anti-Malaria Month across 10 selected villages from six blocks of the district.
In a press release, DVBO Mon, Dr. Lolekhol Pucho informed that awareness activities were carried out in all the selected villages, led by DVBO, DVBC, MTS, SWs and ASHAs.
During the activities, the stakeholders and healthcare officials interacted with the villagers and sensitised them on the signs, symptoms and prevention of malaria and proper usages of LLINs, getting tested, etc.
The MTS, ASHAs and SWs also covered schools and churches during in their respective blocks and villages.
During the fever screenings, mass screening was conducted in the selected villages by SWs, ASHAs and MTS where a total of 373 blood slides were collected of which, all were tested negative for malaria.
The DVBO informed that Mon district had no malaria cases reported since 2021.
Dissimilation of IEC & BCC materials, diagnostic and treatment of malaria, awareness about vector borne diseases were also imparted.
Altogether, 10 villages were covered during the campaign— Tamkong and Yei under Tobu block, Nyasha under Mon Sadar, Tekum and Tela under Tizit block, S/Wamsa and Pukha under Phomching block, Chingphoi under Wakhching block, Sowa Chingle and Aopao under Aboi block.

Students at the awareness campaign in Mon district.
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