Berhampur, April 25 (LocalWire): The district health administration of Ganjam has undertaken a month-long anti-malaria drive in at least seven out of 22 blocks on World Malaria Day today.
The drive was launched in the malaria endemic areas under the DAMAN (Malaria Eradication in Inaccessible Areas) programme of the health department.
The drive would be carried out in the blocks, including Chikiti, Dharakote, Kodala, Kukudakhandi, Polasara, Patrapur and Sanakhemundi till the end of May, said district malaria officer (DMO) R Jagadiss Patnaik.
The drive was aimed to bridge the gaps of EDCT (early diagonistic and
complete treatment) through mass screening for malaria in the areas,
On Thursday, at three mass screenings were held in Titigaon, Ankuli and Tumba, the tribal-dominated areas of Patrapur block, he said.
Last year mass screening of over 35,000 people were done in different blocks in two phases.
Of them 5,786 people had tested positive, he said.
‘This year, we have decided to hold at least 80 camps for screening of all the people in the district.
Apart from these blocks, screening was also going on at residential schools run by the tribal welfare department.
The district has 44 government-run residential schools with the strength of 6,444 hostel inmates.
Insect indoor residual spray would be carried out in all houses of the identified villages.
The misquote nests used by the villagers will also be chemically treated.