Wednesday, November 30, 2022

NVBDCP meet on malaria elimination

National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), Wokha district held a District Task Force (DTF) meeting on malaria elimination in the conference hall of the deputy commissioner (DC) Wokha on February 16.
A press release from the office of the chief medical officer (CMO) Wokha informed that deputy CMO Wokha, Dr. Zuben Kikon in his keynote address said that malaria was a major health problem in the country and urged upon the health workers to sincerely execute their duties in order to prevent resurgence of malaria cases in the district.
He informed on the availability of rapid diagnostic test kits and use of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) for controlling the disease.
The deputy CMO stressed on early diagnosis and prompt treatment as key components for prevention.
A PowerPoint presentation on district scenario was given by NVBDCP consultant, Wezolo Medo where he gave a brief introduction on NVBDCP, epidemiological report, human resources, objectives, activities in district and health institutions involved in programme.
He informed that three cases of malaria were found in Wokha in the year 2021 and the district fell under category two which was the “pre-elimination phase”.
More than 69,350 LLINs were distributed in 149 villages across the district and 28 colonies of Wokha town in 2021.
He further informed that 11 microscopic centres were functioning in the district to conduct malaria test.
Meanwhile, additional deputy commissioner (ADC) Wokha, T. Lankonsen Tsanglao spoke on the importance of behavioral changes and participation of line departments to prevent the disease.
ADC pointed out that being alert was key in stopping transmissions and suggested that the health workers educate the rural community on prevention.
Earlier, the meeting was chaired by district vector borne officer, Dr. K. William Humtsoe while vote of thanks was delivered by epidemiologist, Dr. Khesheli Awomi.

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