Sunday, June 4, 2023

DTF holds meetings on malaria elimination in Mon, Tuensang

In order to achieve WHO certification to eliminate malaria Measles Rubella (MR) by 2023, District Task Force (DTF) held meetings at Mon and Tunesang on April 28.
According to a press release by media officer, NHM, Mon, Leeyan Chemshy Chief Medical Officer, Mon, Dr Vezokholu Theyo, briefed on the status of malaria cases in the state, and highlighted on the outbreak occurred in 2009. He said 489 people were detected with Malaria, out of which 35 people died.
Briefing on the status of the district, she said that 17 positive cases were reported in 2018, one positive case in 2019 and four in 2020, while the district reported zero cases in 2021 and 2022.
After briefing on the target to eliminate MR by 2023, Dr Theyo delivered a short description on immunization programme and maternal and child death surveillance response.
Dy CMO and DVBO, Mon incharge, Dr Thomas Keppen pointed out that the Annual Blood Examination Report (ABER) was very low in the district and screening at grass root level was also low. Meanwhile, DPO (RCH&UIP), Dr Wungyong Konyak, highlighted on the action plan towards MR elimination goal. He said the district has a target of 3360 of 0-5 year’s unvaccinated children for MR 1 and 2 doses. He also reported that the district had reviewed two infants’ deaths in the month of February.
The release added that Deputy Commissioner, Mon Ajit Kumar Verma welcomed all members of committees and announced the purpose of the meeting.
In Tuensang, the DTF and committee held the meeting under the chairmanship of DC Nokchasashi.
At the meeting, DC expressed the hope that the district might soon become zero malaria cases even before the target set by the country through the effort of everyone.
He therefore called upon all the allied departments to join hands together with the health workers to educate about malaria case in order to bring zero malaria case in the district.
District Vector Borne Disease (VBD) consultant Yimliyangla presented the power point presentation on the status of malaria under Tuensang district.
In the meeting, the house resolved to increase minimum 10% of the population to collect blood samples, to increase IEC activities and create awareness camp for screening and CMO to issue order to all the health units to collect blood samples.


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