CM claims reduction in vector-borne diseases

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CM claims reduction in vector-borne diseases

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 | PNS | Lucknow

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath claimed that COVID-19 preventive measures like use of face mask, hand washing and social distancing had helped in reducing vector-borne diseases in the state during this monsoon.
“The officials should not be lax against diseases like Japanese encephalitis, Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and other communicable diseases. The officials of various departments should coordinate and effectively control the spread of these diseases,” he said during a meeting here on Tuesday.
The chief minister said that the state government was already carrying out a massive campaign against vector-borne diseases and had announced that the coming month of October would be totally devoted to it. He said the communicable diseases control programme would start from October 1 and continue till October 31 while a fortnight-long Dastak Programme would also start from October 1.
He said that the cleanliness drive and the preventive measures against COVID-19 had helped the government in controlling the vector-borne diseases also.
“The period from September to November is very crucial for the vector-borne diseases but this time it has been under full control,” he said.
Giving the figures, Yogi said from January 1 to September 14 last year, there were  92 cases of Japanese encephalitis (JE) and four of these patients had died but this year during the same period there were 38 cases of JE and with only two deaths.
Similarly, he said, in the case of  AES, there were 1,241 cases and 44 deaths last year while this year there were 7,09 cases and 22 deaths.
As for dengue, during the period last year there were 693 cases but this year there were just 80 cases and in the case of kala azar, last year there were 72 cases but this year there have been just 38 cases.
In the cases of malaria too, last year there were 39,987 cases during the period but this year there have been just 11,233 cases.
Besides  the number of H1N1 (swine flu) cases last year was 2,009 but this year it has been just 252.
The chief minister also stressed on imparting training to the medical staff in controlling communicable diseases. He said the government was committed to controlling the spread of these diseases.
“We have the resources and the manpower. There is no scarcity of money. The government is ready to pump in any amount of money to protect the lives of the people,” he said.

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