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Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya urges states to launch Jan Abhiyaans with log bhaagidari

Dr. Mansukh Mandaviya urged states to launch Jan Abhiyaans with log bhaagidari (popular participation) to enthuse and engage citizens and communities to ensure their homes, premises and neighborhoods are mosquito-free. “Log Bhagidaari” pivot for launching Jan Abhiyaan for vector control and elimination. Let’s start with our own homes and communities to make sure there is no vector breeding in our neighborhoods.”

The Union Health Minister said as he reviewed vector-borne disease prevention and control preparedness with 13 high-burden states (Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Punjab Rajasthan Tripura, Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Tamil Nadu) ahead of the monsoon season, via video conference today. Shri Manish Sisodia, Dy. Chief Minister, Delhi, Shri Mangal Pandey, Minister of Health, Bihar, Thiru Ma. Subramanian, Minister of Health of Tamil Nadu, and Shri Banna Gupta, Minister of Health of Jharkhand participated in the virtual review meeting .

Emphasizing that the issue of vector control and elimination is cross-cutting and requires close collaboration with several other departments, Dr. Mandaviya urged States to ensure cross-sector coordination and work closely with other related departments such as Tribal Welfare, Urban Development (for civic law enforcement), Rural Development (for construction of pucca houses under PMAY-G), Water and Sanitation, Livestock, etc. community engagement through IEC campaign/social mobilization for observance of dry days, use of personal protective measures, etc. particular attention to the formation of Rapid Response Teams (RRT) to deal effectively with any outbreak.

The Union Health Minister suggested working in partnership with NGOs, CSOs, support agencies through micro-plans with time-bound results. “Let us engage ASHAs and Anganwaadi workers in door-to-door campaigns for sensitization, community mobilization and distribution of kits, medicines and other services,” he said. He pointed out that the joint efforts of states and central government hold the key to effectively reduce and eliminate the burden of vector-borne diseases (VBD) across the country. “Well-defined action plans at the micro level at village, block, district, state and national levels with effective review will go a long way towards achieving the goals,” he said.

Various states that have notably succeeded in reducing the burden and eliminating it in various districts have been commended by the Minister of Health. Additionally, he invited states to share their best practices and special campaigns for others to emulate. States shared examples of campaigns and special initiatives taken for community mobilization and participation, mass awareness, surveillance and timely treatment.

States were informed of the burden of various vector-borne diseases such as Malaria, Dengue, Chickungunya, JE, Lymphatic Filariasis and Kala-Azar. Monthly seasonality with a high level of prevalence in various states was also presented. The Indian government is committed to tackling these diseases and aims to eliminate malaria by 2030, lymphatic filariasis by 2030 and Kala-Azar by 2023. The government provides technical support through through guidelines, advisories, epidemiological reports on epidemic preparedness, financial support through the budget under NHM, monitoring and supervision, sensitization through IEC campaigns, additional support through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFTAM) to 10 states.

VBDs are seasonal and prone to epidemics, with all except lymphatic filariasis showing epidemics during the monsoon and the post-monsoon period in general. The National Vector Borne Disease Control Center (NCVBDC) formulates policies/guidelines and provides technical and financial assistance (in accordance with National Health Mission standards) to States/UTs for the prevention and control of six VBDs ( malaria, dengue fever, chikungunya, Japanese encephalitis, Lymphatic Filariasis, Kala-Azar).

Ms Roli Singh, AS & MD, Dr Harmeet Singh, JS (MoHFW), Dr Atul Goel, Director General of Health Services (DGHS) and other senior officials from the Union Ministry of Health were present at the meeting virtual review with Mission Directors and other senior State/TU officials.

(With GDP entries)

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