Hyderabad: The Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, has reviewed the action taken for control of Vector Borne diseases in various districts, mostly in the Agency areas by the Medical and Health Department, with the CMO officials and concerned department officials over phone today.
It may be recalled that the Minister for Medical and Health, Dr D.L. Ravindra Reddy, and the Minister for Tribal Welfare, Mr P. Balaraju, are visiting the tribal areas in Visakhapatnam district and closely monitoring the preventive measures being taken by the Medical and Health Department. As per the directions of the Chief Minister, the Special Chief Secretary to CM, Mr J. Satyanarayana, instructed the Visakhapatnam district Collector to inform the government about the measures taken by the administration in this regard every alternative day.
The following are the actions taken for control of vector borne diseases in Visakhapatnam district this year.
Keeping in view the epidemics in Paderu tribal division and previous history of epidemics, the district Collector has taken up preventive steps to control Malaria incidences. In this regard, the following activities were being taken by the Medical and Health Department in coordination with other departments like Rural Water Supply, Panchayat Raj and Tribal Welfare Departments under the chairmanship of the Visakhapatnam district Collector.
On June 27, the district Collector conducted a meeting on Epidemics and constituted a team with Joint Collector, Additional Joint Collector, Paderu IRDA Project Officer, District Panachayat officer, Project Director, DWMA, Forest Settlement officer, Joint Director, Animal Husbandry, Revenue Divisional Officer, Paderu and other officers to monitoring the epidemic situation for each mandal. The next day, the Collector convened a meeting at Munchingput village with MROs and MDOs, Special officers and Medical Officers concerned of Pedabailu and Munchingput mandals on epidemics. On the same day, the Collector convened a meeting with the local MLA, MPTCs, sarpanches and other public representatives regarding the action taken on epidemics in Tribal area in the mandal.
Orientation training programme was conducted on pot chlorination, usage of RDT kits, health education to the ASHAs of Munchingput and Pedabailu mandal by the district Collector. He also instructed them to conduct orientation training programmes at Chinthapalli, Paderu and Araku to the ASHAs and the process was completed.
The district Collector has issued instructions to the Medical officer for keeping of Anti-Malaria drugs and Anti-Diarrhea drugs and paracetemal and chlorine tablets with ASHAs for two months. He also instructed all the officers involved in this programme to visit villages and also observed field level functions by the health staff of their jurisdictions, if any identified severe cases, must referred to nearer CHC. He asked that all the programme officers and Senior Public Health Officers of Tribal PHCs to monitor epidemic situation and get feedback on every week to the DM&HO. He also instructed all the ASHAs to visit every house in their respective villages and do pot chlorination daily.
Some 40 doctors were deputed from Visakhapatnam KGH to Tribal area of Paderu Division to visit high risk villages and conduct medical camps along with medical kits for one week. In view of many vacancies of Medical officers in Tribal area of Paderu Division, as per the instructions of the district Collector nine medical officers were deployed from plain PHCs for one month.