Wednesday , 20 March 2019

Malaria cases in Margao down by 50 per cent

bY Shyam Zambauliker | NT

MARGAO: The report submitted by the urban health center, Margao to the South Goa coordination committee for vector-borne disease control has indicated a steep decline of malaria cases in Margao.

According to the statistics available with the health department, the total malaria cases in Margao for 2012 were 395 out of which 60 cases were Falciparum. In 2013 the total malaria cases were 384 out of which 41 were falciparum cases. While in 2014, 181 malaria cases were reported out of which 11 falciparum cases were detected.

Going ahead with its objective of accomplishing a reduction in the number of malaria cases across the state, the health department is focusing mainly on bringing down the number of cases rather than achieving the elimination stage, which is not possible unless the high-risk prone areas are brought totally under control.

The six high-risk prone areas in the state have 90 per cent of the cases reported amongst migrant workers. According to the statistics, every year 1-5 cases are reported among a population of 1000 in these areas.

Dr Sanjay Dalvi, member secretary and health officer of the urban health center, Margao said that malaria cases have decreased in 2014 as compared in the past two years.  He said that various
activities are carried out by the urban health center to prevent breeding of mosquitoes at construction sites, houses and also for the prompt detection of cases and their treatment.

Dalvi said that a team from the health center visits schools and awareness is created how to prevent breeding of mosquitoes. He said cleanliness drives are conducted regularly in various areas of Margao.

Speaking further Dalvi said that special drives are conducted before the onset of monsoons where people are instructed to remove tyres from open areas. He said that most of the cases are reported by migrant construction workers from Jharkhand, Bihar and Orissa.

Dalvi said that surveillance teams inspect several construction sites daily to ensure migrant workers possess a health card.
Sources informed that the South Goa district collector has suggested having a quarter-yearly meeting to review the spread of vector borne diseases in Salcete.

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