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Manipur may become the first Malaria Free State in India – Dr. Thangpa Serto

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Imphal, March 30,

Dr Thangpa Serto, State malaria officer of NVBDCP, Manipur has appealed the people not to miss the opportunity of becoming Manipur - the first Malaria Free State in India. Speaking in a one day advocacy meeting of media personnel on prevention and control of vector borne diseases organised by State health society and National Vector borne disease Control Program at the mini conference hall of India Medical Association , Thangpa said that there is a drastic decrease of malaria cases in the state because of various initiatives and programs taken up by the authority.
He said that the advocacy meeting was held annually to spread  awareness about Malaria and other vector borne diseases.
Serto highlighted that in previous year only 12 cases was found in the state out of which 6 were indeginous which occured from the land and 6 were imported where people get infected from other state or country.
He also added that endemic district of malaria disease were Churachandpur and Pherzawl.
The targeted year for the complete elimination of Malaria for the state of Manipur is 2021 while that of the nation is 2030, he added. He further said that only one cases of imported patient of malaria was found till now for this year.
Reminding of the case of malaria in India in the year 1965 where no dead case was found but drastically increased in the year 1977 due to the complacency of the government because of the previous status which eventually neglected and the resources for it were all minimized. He appealed not to repeat such complacency where disease like malaria can be widespread exponentially.
Focusing on how to eliminate Malaria from the state Thangpa Serto said that clean environment proper sanitation and using of mosquito net can help in the elimination of Malaria. He also appealed to not throw tyres and bottles as they are the favorable for laying mosquito eggs.  He also added that early detection and treatment can save the life of the patient.
Thangpa said that all the treatment and  detection of malaria were free of cost at every ASHA and PHC. So he appealed the people of the state to test their blood for the detection of malaria when fever occurred.
It can be mention that for one person died due to malaria for the year 2018 and three cases of chikungunya were found for the first time in the state from Kangpokpi and Tamenglong.
During the advocacy meeting consultant IEC/BCC of NVBDCP N. Gopalkishore also spoke as resource person.

Maheshwar Gurumayum

Maheshwar Gurumayum, Sub-Editor of Imphal Times is a resident of Sagolband Salam Leikai. He has been with Imphal Times since 2013. An avid adventure lover, writes mostly travelogue. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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