Govt seeks NGOs' help in fighting malaria
Aizawl, June 2 (UNI) The Mizoram State Vector-Borne Diseases Control Society has decided to work with the state's Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to combat malaria.
A meeting in this regard was convened yesterday by Health Minister R Tlanghmingthanga and attended by Department's Commissioner J C Ramthanga, representatives of the state's NGOs and department officials.
While June was declared as the 'anti-malaria month' nationwide, officials emphasised that perennial persistency would be required in the case of Mizoram, which is at the fourth position among the states in terms of malarial deaths.
Officials said in the meeting that the Centre had provided one lakh mosquito nets to Mizoram last year and was willing to provide 1,72,000 more this year.
The officials reiterated that people should make more use of the 1,482 DDCs/FTDs across the state besides anti-malaria pills which were available free. Mosquito nets could be soaked in anti-malarial solution.
The health minister regretted the huge loss of lives due to the disease and advised everyone to take anti-malaria pills available from the DDCs in any case of fever.
According to official records, 120 people, including 40 children, died of malaria last year, while more than 4 lakh people were cured by timely medication.
The health minister handed over Rs 3 lakh to the CYMA, Rs 1 lakh to the MHIP and Rs 50,000 each to the Lai and Mara NGOs as reimbursement to their expenditures in the anti-malaria campaign.
Besides, health officials appealed to every family to spray their houses with DDT.