MARGAO: The sanitary inspector of the Primary Health Centre, Loutolim with the help of the panchayat members conducted an inspection of the malaria prone areas of Arlem, Raia and took preventive measures to control the spread of the disease.
What compelled the sanitary inspector Deepak Kankonkar and his team to immediately react, was the reported 23 malaria cases in the last few days at Arlem, Bareabhatt, Kabaxir and Kopelabhatt.
“We have taken all preventive measures at the site. We have done fumigation, sprayed anti-larval chemicals in these areas and strictly warned people to keep their surroundings clean,’’ said Kankonkar after the inspection. He said a fresh notice to a few residents of these areas will be issued to clean up water stagnation at the earliest.
Interestingly, while the local panchayat member, Bela D’Souza and sarpanch Isidorio Rodrigues accused the health officials alleging that they did not turn up earlier for fumigation despite drawing their attention to the spread of the vector borne diseases, the latter countered their argument stating that the panchayat failed to provide a list of the migrants staying in these areas.
“We got the tip off from Hospicio Hospital sources that malaria has been reported in these areas. Immediately samples were taken and checked. Those who were infected malaria were given treatment at government and private hospitals,’’ responded Kankonkar while answering a query.
Kankonkar said that the local panchayat has also been intimated to clear the drains comprising of stagnated water.
“The team from the Primary Health Centre, Loutolim also asked the elected representative to convince the pit owners where water has been stored to clear it immediately. We will also issue a notice to the owners under the health act,’’ Kankonkar revealed.
The sarpanch Rodrigues said the panchayat is in the process of completing the final list of migrants staying in the locality.
Health officials inspect malaria prone areas at Raia