Himachal working on eradication of malaria by 2020

Jan 16, 2019 19:25 | Health & Religion

The state government is laying special emphasis on eradicating malaria from the State by 2020. Additional Chief Secretary, Health R.D. Dhiman stated this while presiding over a meeting of Coordination Committee on Malaria, here today.

He said that malaria is a major health problem in India but it is preventable and curable. He said malaria prevalence is less in Himachal as compared to other states of the country and presently there are only 98 cases of malaria in the state. Malaria mosquitoes are seen between June to September in districts like Hamirpur, Una, Solan, Kangra, Bilaspur and Mandi. He said state government has set objective to eliminate malaria from the state by 2020. The state falls under category-I where less and one case per thousand population was at risk, he added.

Giving stress on IEC activities, he said health education should be given in educational institutions, Anganwadi centres and PRIs about this disease. Sanitation measures should be ensured in the high focal areas like slum areas, industries and factories etc. besides imparting training to Anganwadi and Asha workers about preliminary diagnosis of malaria.

While talking on the objectives, Deputy Director-cum-SPO Dr. Prakash Daroch said that the State has made malaria modifiable disease on Ist March 2018 and it is mandatory to all the public health institutions including private sector health institutions to list each positive malaria case.

While speaking on prevention and control measures he said draining the stagnant water in the cities and villages, pots of water used by animals to drink water should be covered. Fogging of the area where density of mosquitoes is high should be ensured besides taking measures to remove the stagnated water.

Mission Director, National Health Mission Manmohan Sharma, Joint Director Health Dr. R.K. Baria, Medical Officers and officers of Department concerned were present in the meeting.