826 cases of malaria detected in Goa in 2012
At a meeting of District Co-ordination Committee for National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDC) held in the conference hall of the Collectorate, Panaji under the chairmanship of the North Goa Collector, Mr R Mihir Vardhan,
it has been decided to hold regular programmes to create awareness among public on breeding sites of mosquitoes like plastic cups, bottles, utensils, containers, tanks, flower pots etc.
Dr Mangala Tamba, health officer and the member secretary of the committee gave a presentation on scenario of vector-borne diseases in North Goa. It was claimed that during the year 2012, a total of 826 cases of malaria were detected while 31 cases of dengue and seven cases of chikungunya were also detected.
At the meet, it was also decided to hold a meeting of elected representatives, Deputy Collector and health officer to discuss the matter pertaining to maintenance of proper hygienic conditions and sanitation in the jurisdiction of Shiroda village panchayat area and accordingly find out solutions so that it will help to implement this remedy on a pilot basis for proper maintenance of drainage system, sanitation and cleanliness around houses to control vector-borne diseases like malaria, dengue, chikungunya, filaria, etc.
Collection of tyres and its proper disposal, enforcement of health act, issuing of health cards to contract labours, preventive measures to control vector-borne diseases and other related issues were discussed at the meeting. The Additional Collector, Mr Deepak Desai was also present at the meeting. [NT]