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Health officials rue lack of co-operation in tackling vector-borne diseases

Mapusa: In view of dengue cases reported in the state, a review meeting of Bardez block committee of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme was held by Deputy Collector I Sudhir Kerkar.

At the meeting, health officials raised the issue of lack of co-operation from elected representatives both at panchayat and municipality level. The health officials also brought to the notice of Deputy Collector the importance of having ward-wise committees for tackling vector-borne diseases.

Dr Sadhana Shetye said that in Mapusa, the dengue situation was under control as in September out of 36 suspected cases only five cases were confirmed, and added that various measures were being taken to curb the spread of dengue.

She, however, rued that “they were lacking co-operation in tackling vector-borne diseases.” 

Citing an example of dumped garbage next to the health centre building, she said, “It is not being cleared on a regular basis and that even during advocacy workshops organised in different wards there was lack of participation from the council level.”

Replying to it, a representative of the MMC JE Jayesh Kalangutkar said that “whenever there is any water stagnation we clear the water.”

The Deputy Collector Kerkar said that “garbage is one issue, which directly or indirectly results in increase in number of cases. Hence, the urban health centre in coordination with chief officer should hold awareness meetings.”

The health official informed that village-level committees are not functional, especially, the health and sanitation committee or even ward-wise committee due to which health team faces issues in getting timely information of any case.

The deputy collector expressed unhappiness over non presence of officials from some departments for the meeting.

Speaking to reporters, he expressed satisfaction over control on cases of dengue and malaria due to efforts of health


Health officials including Dr Sadhana Shetye, Dr Cheryl Desouza, Dr Roshan Nazareth, Dr Damodar Narvekar and Dr Shubhata Kamble were present. Umesh Gaonkar from ADEI, Varsha Sardessai, PWD officials were also present. 

In Mapusa, since January, 30 confirmed cases were reported, while in Siolim 10 cases, 8 in Colvale and Porvorim 11 cases were detected. However, Candolim health centre has reported 24 suspected cases and seven confirmed cases.   

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