State level review meeting on NVBDCP begins; Dengue, JE & Chikungunya cases ‘on the rise’: Director (FW)

ROING, Nov 7: Although the state has registered a declining trend in malaria cases in the last few years with ‘no reported malaria deaths since 2017’, there has been an increase in Dengue, Japanese Encephalitis (44 detected and 2 deaths in 2019) and Chikungunya (13 cases detected in 2019) cases.

This information was shared by Director of Family Welfare Dr Allok Yirang here at the State level review meeting on National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) that was inaugurated by local MLA Mutchu Mithi today. He however informed that the state has registered only 143 detected malaria cases till September 2019.

He said that the Centre has set the target to eradicate malaria in the country by 2030, while the state’s target year is 2025.

In his inaugural speech, the MLA said poverty and disease go hand in hand, but with improving economic conditions and increasing awareness about diseases, the health status of our state is improving.

While appreciating the Health & FW department for always being there for the public in times of distress and need and the preventive approach adopted in dealing with any kind of disease, he requested for posting of human resource to man the health infrastructures created in the district.

Director of Health Services Dr Moromor Lego said that review meetings are conducted to check the activities going on, assess the reach of the programmes undertaken, study the change in health profile and policies etc. He enjoined those present not to be complacent of the successes achieved as successful programmes too can derail without any warning.

He also highlighted the importance of participation of the community and NGOs in dissemination of information on basic practices for prevention of vector borne disease like preventing stagnation of water, clean surroundings etc. Such practices should become a part of our daily life, he added.
Lower Dibang Valley ADC Tapik Pertin stressed on the importance of delivery of good health care services. DMO Dr R Tatan and DVBDCPO Dr N Yirang also spoke on the occasion. (DIPRO)