Jorethang, 25 Apr [IPR]: Jorethang Community Health Center organized a daylong awareness and sensitization programme on prevention and control of vector-borne diseases to mark ‘World Malaria Day’ today. The theme of the programme was ‘Ready to beat malaria’.
Area MLA, Health Minister AK Ghatani, attended the programme as chief guest accompanied by Divisional Magistrate [Jorethang], BC Rai, Medical Officer [Jorethang CHC], Dr SN Adhikari, Superintendent of Police [Traffic], BB Subba alongside officials from different departments, NJMC members, police personnel, school heads and members from different NGOs, aaganwadi workers and public.
Addressing the event, Mr Ghatani flagged concern over the rise in number of vector-borne diseases which were spurred largely by anthropogenic factors and suggested measures to combat and prevent these diseases, particularly malaria and dengue fever.
Further, he strongly urged the stakeholders and the public to work in tandem with the Health Department in keeping the surroundings of their homes, commercial outlets, eateries, educational establishments, butcheries and public places dirt-free and take precautionary steps to stave health hazards.
The Health Minister urged the school heads to encourage students of their respective schools to draft essays, poems and such write-ups on vector borne diseases which he further informed will be published in Sikkim Herald by Information & Public Relations Department.
Further, the chief guest also emphasized the need to conduct regular health check-ups for the government-appointed sweepers and migrant laborers who are vulnerable and most likely to be in direct contact with the disease carriers.
In addition, he also announced the State Government’s decision to make it mandatory for food joints and restaurants to have a safai karamchari. Additionally, he also spoke about the recently launched National Strategic Plan for Malaria Elimination (2017-22) which aims at eliminating malaria by 2027.
He further urged the health officials, administration, police department, youth and the public to lead by example to make Sikkim a disease-free state.
Resource person for the day, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) Director, Dr Pramila Giri, made a power-point presentation on NVBDCP which she said is the central nodal agency for the prevention and control of vector borne diseases like malaria, dengue, kala-azar, japanese encephalitis and chikungunia in the country.
She also spoke about medical cases of vector borne diseases in Sikkim and discussed various measures to prevent and control them.
MO [Jorethang CHC], Dr Adhikari also addressed the program and gave a detailed background on vector-borne diseases and how imperative it was for every individual to bring about a behavioral change to work towards controlling and preventing the spread of such diseases among us.
He also delved on issues like proper garbage management, public awareness, ownership of civil society members and guidelines on proper information, education and communication about vector borne diseases besides also examining the growing menace of drug abuse in a place like Jorethang.
Earlier in the day, students and school authorities in large number participated in a rally to spread awareness about mitigation, prevention and control of vector borne diseases.
A programme on the implementation of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle under Swachh Bharat Mission was also organized by Nayabazar Jorethang Municipal Corporation in collaboration with schools and Non Governmental Organizations [NGOs] of the area at Garib Uthan Bhawan