HP NEWS SERVICE, Tura, Jul 4
Chemically treated mosquito nets popularly known as Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) were launched and distributed in West Garo Hills to fight the tropical disease.
LLINs are being promoted by WHO and Roll Back Malaria partners as a cost effective and sustainable method for protection against malaria.
The programme was held at the District Auditorium in Tura under the theme “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” organised by District Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (DVBDCP), West Garo Hills Tura in collaboration with NVBDCP, Shillong.
Chief Minister Conrad Sangma who attended the programme expressed his appreciation to the medical fraternity for their dedication towards reduction and elimination of malaria and other vector borne diseases in the State and Garo Hills region in particular.
Stating that even before the Covid situation in the State, the government have already planned to give the health sector a special priority and after the Covid-19 pandemic, the government has decided to give top priority and more importance to health care and is in the process of finalising the full infrastructural upgradation of all Civil Hospitals, Maternal and Child Hospital, CHCs, PHCs and Sub-Centres including technical equipments in a phased manner which will provide affordable and accessible health care facilities to the people of the region.
Further, the Chief Minister said that what is more important than infrastructure development is the people which make the health care system work including medical officers to ASHAs in the grassroot level and added that the society comprising of each and every individual should take responsibility and do their part in maintaining the health care system of every citizen in the district.
Deputy Director, Health Services (Malaria) cum State Programme Officer, NVBDCP, Meghalaya Dr. R Lyngdoh in her short presentation on Epidemiological Situation of Malaria in Meghalaya informed that malaria was the major health problem in the state, but in the last four years malaria has drastically reduced, except for South Garo Hills the overall scenario of malaria incidences in other district of the state are more or less controlled due to the sustained effort by the medical department.