|June 18, 2016 at 5:04 pm #6623|
A survey was recently conducted by the Curtorim primary health centre (PHC) under the supervision and guidance of the directorate of health services (DHS), national vector borne disease control programme (NVBDCP) chief medical officer, Dr Chandrakant Parab. “This survey revealed that there are a lot of mosquito breeding sites in the industrial estate situated in the Sao Jose de Areal village in Salcete,” the Curtorim-PHC health officer, Dr Rajendra Borkar said on Tuesday.
Dr Borkar told TOI, “This has been brought to the attention of the industrial development corporation (IDC) and the Sao Jose de Areal village panchayat, and notices have been served to them. Villagers also have been urged to prevent mosquito breeding sites. Since 2015, there has been an outbreak of dengue in Sao Jose de Areal village with approximately 60 cases reported between the last week of May and the first week of July. The epicentre of these cases was the Margao industrial estate and it’s surrounding areas like, Igorg waddo and Naptha bhat in Sao Jose de Areal village. Hence, all preventive measures have been initiated since April this year.”
“An advocacy workshop was held in the Sao Jose de Areal village panchayat hall with all stakeholders present, including the local MLA Benjamin Silva, deputy collector Ajit Panchwadkar, zilla panchayat members, sarpanch and panch members of all the concerned village panchayats, the IDC field manager, industrialists, scrapyard owners and local residents. In addition to conducting weekly meetings with the IDC, ward-level corner meetings and regular information education communication (IEC) activities at the sub-centres,anganwadis, schools and churches, potential spots where cases were detected last year have been mapped and spraying of abate (powder) to reduce mosquito breeding has been undertaken. Drives to introduce fish in wells were also conducted and this covered all 250 unused wells of the 400 wells. Besides 2,714 blood-slides were collected, 260 new labour cards were prepared and 301 labour cards were renewed,” Dr Borkar said.
“The Curtorim PHC caters to a population of around 90,000 to 1,00,000 patients with a significant number (of these) being migrants or labourers. Situated on the suburbs of Margao city, Curtorim is a potential high risk area for vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue due to the presence of the Margao industrial estate and the scrapyards both, legal and illegal,” Dr Borkar said.
Source/Reference: Times of India, “Curtorim PHC conducts major anti-malaria drive“