Masks out, mosquito nets in! People of Palamu prefer nets to masks. Sources said more than 6 lakhs of long lasting insecticidal nets have been distributed among the poor people in this district.
Those not lucky to have this insecticidal net purchased nets for themselves to keep off mosquitoes, said sources. They use medicated nets at night to ward off the mosquitoes to have a sound sleep but do not wear masks in the day to keep coronavirus at bay, said civil surgeon Anil Kumar. Civil surgeon said it is good they use nets at night but they should also wear masks in the day without fail. Recipients of the long-lasting insecticidal net given free by the health department are using it quite sincerely, said mukhiya of Basna panchayat Suresh Mehta.
Civil surgeon Palamu Anil Kumar has urged people to take care of their surroundings so that mosquitoes don't get ground to breed.
Female mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water, wood piles, air conditioners, tree stumps, old tyres, water filled air coolers etc.
Anil Kumar has asked people to avail malaria parasite test facilities in the community health centres in case they feel they have symptoms of the malaria disease or the attending doctors recommend it.
Sahiyas have been trained to collect blood samples for the malaria parasite test, added the civil surgeon.
Sahiyas have been given a rapid diagnostic kit for malaria parasite test.
SDO sadar Rajesh Kumar Sah has asked people to be extra careful in festive season following the presence of covid 19.
Sunil Kr vector borne diseases consultant said a fever survey is on in two localities of Panki block namely Taal and Parsom.
Sunil Kr said these two localities had little over 5 percent of malaria evidence in the annual parasite index last year.
However he said the overall annual parasite index here in Palamu in the context of malaria is below 1 percent in 1,000 population.
District malaria officer M P Singh said our team is working hard to contain this disease here. There are more plasmodium vivex malaria cases in comparison to plasmodium falciperum.
If evidences of malaria is below 5 percent in the annual parasite index then this is seen as malaria controlled said sources.
Annual blood slide examination rate is to be 12 percent and in Palamu it is said to be 11.6 percent which is close to the standard protocol of the blood slide examination.
However, village quacks and even doctors try anti malarial drugs in the very first onset of the fever which in many cases turn out to be a wasteful medication for the fever ridden patient sometimes complicating the case too badly.