BHUBANESWAR: Perturbed over rising cases of diarrhoea, malaria and dengue, the State Government has asked officials of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) to visit six districts known for high prevalent water and vector-borne diseases.
The State NVBDCP teams would visit Balangir, Kandhamal, Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Nuapada and Sundargarh districts for training of Asha and other service providers for early detection, treatment and referral of severe cases to nearest health centres.
The Health and Family Welfare Department has also decided to go for malaria death audit in these districts and analysis to identify the contributing causes. Officials have been asked to strengthen surveillance to prevent death due to malaria in the State.
Stating that Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakaran (DAMAN), the drive to prevent malaria prevention by reducing parasitic load, has been approved under malaria control programme, Health Secretary Arti Ahuja said the districts have to keep their micro-plans ready before the fund is released.
District public health officers shall monitor trend of both water and vector-borne diseases on daily as well as weekly basis and share the updated status with the Secretary every Monday.
On irrational use of anti-malaria drugs by medical officers, the Health Secretary asked the officials to send clear instructions to all concerned to follow the national malaria drug guidelines for diagnosis and case management.
Since Ashas sometimes do not get Paracetamol tablets to treat fever cases, all districts health authorities have been asked to ensure availability of the medicines in Asha kits.
Similarly, the districts showing out-of-stock dengue diagnostic kit have also been instructed to procure the kits from local market and meet the requirement till the supply from Odisha State Medical Corporation Limited arrives.
Ahuja has directed the officials to monitor the districts showing increased dengue cases with all vigilance for next two months.