UP all set to launch campaign against communicable diseases

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UP all set to launch campaign against communicable diseases

Friday, 24 June 2022 | PNS | Lucknow

Putting all the efforts to tackle health challenges thrown by water-borne diseases and other seasonal vagaries, the Yogi Adityanath government will launch a statewide special campaign against communicable diseases from July 1.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, while addressing a high-level meeting on Thursday, asked the officials to ensure regular sanitation and fogging drives to protect the state from vector-borne diseases such as dengue, malaria, chikungunya and others.

“The cooperation of organisations like WHO, UNICEF and PATH should be taken. We have two successful models of encephalitis control and COVID-19 management in front of us, which will be useful for us in the campaign against communicable diseases,” the chief minister said here on Thursday.

Stating that every year from June to November, Purvanchal used to face mayhem with a large number of children losing their lives to Japanese encephalitis, the chief minister said that there had been a significant reduction in the number of patients affected by encephalitis and deaths due to this disease since 2017. “Not only has the prevalence of the disease been controlled, but the deaths due to it have also come down by more than 95 per cent,” he said.

“Where the previous governments seemed helpless against the deadly disease, our government took this challenge and put an end to the disease through its coordinated inter-departmental efforts,” he said.

Being extra vigilant and careful, the government has set up encephalitis care centres at block levels, equipped with PICU beds, and trained medical personnel. Trained doctors, paramedical staff, nurses and ANMs have also been appointed in the districts. The number of technicians in laboratories is adequate and all are well trained.

The chief minister said the state government had established inter-departmental coordination to ensure all necessary arrangements with departments of Medical and Health, rural Development, Urban Development, Women and Child Development, Agriculture and Basic and Secondary Education.

“Ministers and nodal officers will be present in the districts during the campaign. They will also participate in various programmes and make people aware of the importance of cleanliness, sanitation, and the importance of nutritional food,” he said and added that officials had been asked to ensure supply of pure drinking water and distribute chlorine tablets. “If required, a chlorination demo should be given to the people,” he added.

Congratulating the officials, the chief minister said,” Very soon Uttar Pradesh will become free of kala-azar and malaria will also be effectively controlled.”

As per the latest data, malaria and kala-azar diseases are on the way out in the state. Malaria was observed in less than one per 1,000 population, while kala-azar disease was observed in less than one per 10,000 population in 22 identified blocks.

As per the directives, pig enclosures are to be made away from the public areas. The government also directed spraying of insecticides on a regular basis. To prevent scrub typhus, clearing or cutting of bushes should be done in cities and villages as it becomes a breeding ground for rats that could spread disease, the chief minister directed.

The chief minister said there should be adequate availability of ambulances for patients and the ambulance response time should be kept to a minimum. He said rapid response teams should be formed in all districts and disease surveillance data systems should be strengthened for speedy response to any outbreak.

Yogi said efforts should be made to control mosquitoes through fogging and sanitisation in areas with high mosquito/larvae density, identified on the basis of experience of the past years and areas with high mosquito/larval density on the basis of house-to-house surveys conducted by the teams during the Dastak campaign.

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