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Deaths in tribal areas: authorities swing into action

Posted by on July 10, 2011 0 Comment

Hyderabad: Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy on Sunday 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.

It may be recalled that Minister for Medical and Health DL Ravindra Reddy and Minister for Tribal Welfare P Balaraju are on a visit to the Tribal areas in Visakhapatnam district at present and are closely monitoring the preventive measures taken by Medical and Health Department.

As per the directions of the Chief Minister, his Special Chief Secretary J Satyanarayana instructed the district Collector, Visakhapatnam to inform the Government about the measures taken by the administration in this regard every alternative day.

Following the directions, the Visakhapatnam district Collector said that action is being taken to control vector borne diseases in Visakhapatnam district during the year 2011. Among the steps taken to in view of the Epidemics in Tribal area of Paderu division and previous history of epidemics, the district Collector has taken-up preventive steps to control and decline the Malaria incidences during the year 2011.

In this regard, the following activities are taken up by the Medical and Health Department with the coordination of other line departments like, Rural Water Supply, Panchayatraj and Tribal Welfare Departments under the Chairmanship of the district Collector, Visakhapatnam.

On June 27, 2011, the Collector conducted a meeting on Epidemics and also constituted a team with Joint Collector, Addl Joint Collector, Project Officer, ITDA, Paderu, 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 of 11 mandals.

On June 28, 2011, 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, he convened a meeting with the MLA of the respective constituency, MPTCs, Surpanches and other public representatives regarding the action taken on epidemics in Tribal area of the Mandal.

Orientation training programme on Pot chlorination, usage RDT kits, health education to the ASHAs of Munchingput and Pedabailu mandal by the Collector and also instructed to conduct orientation training programme at Chinthapalli, Paderu and Araku to the ASHAs, the process was completed.

The Collector has issued Instructions issued to the Medical officer for keeping of Anti Malaria drugs and Anti Diarrhoeal drugs and paracetËmal and Chlorine Tablets with ASHAs for two months and instructed all the officers who involved in this programme, should 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.

All the programme officers and Senior Public Health Officers of Tribal PHCs will monitored epidemic situation and get feedback on every week to the DM and HO.

He also instructed all the ASHAs to attend every house of their respective village and doing pot chlorination daily.

Besides, 40 doctors were deputed from KGH, Visakhapatnam to Tribal area of Paderu Division to visit high risk villages and conduct medical camps along with medical kits supplied from July 8, 2011 for one week.

In view of the so many vacancies of Medical officers in Tribal area of Paderu Division, as per the instructions of the Collector 9 medical officers were deployed from plain PHCs for one month.

Besides, village wise and PHC wise spray action plan was prepared for 1st round to cover 6.7 lakh of population of Tribal area and 10 metric tons of DDT (50 per cent) spraying insecticide has been received from the Director of Public Health, AP., Hyderabad on June 2, 2011 and an action plan has been prepared for 1st round spray operations in tribal area in 783 villages of 48 panchayats of 18 PHCs.

Out of 783 villages, 663 villages were covered with DDT spraying as on July 7, 2011.(INN)

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