ITANAGAR, APRIL 26: Deputy Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Chowna Mein flagged off 17 numbers of two wheelers under National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme from the premises of Waii International Hotel here today.
Attending the inaugural programme of the three days North East Regional Review Meeting of Intensified Malaria Control Project – 3 (IMCP-3) and Intensified Malaria Elimination Project at Waii
International Hotel, Mein calls for team works, coordinated efforts and commitment to achieve the target of eliminating Malaria from the State by 2025 as planned by the Govt of India. He assured that the necessary financial support will be given by the State Govt to the Department to enable them to achieve the given target. He advocated for rational deployment and judicious utilization of men power created under NVBDCP and involvement of local community & PRI members to achieve the objectives.
He thanked the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India for sanctioning Rs 3.73 crore for construction of Zonal Malaria Officer’s office cum training centre at Kimin, for providing 120 sophisticated microscopes under global fund to the State citing that it will help to upgrade the health status of the State.
He also expressed his thankfulness to the Directorate of NVBDCP, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare for providing 21 numbers of vehicles and 17 numbers of two wheelers for carrying out NVBDCP programmes successfully in the State.
He informed the representative of the Directorate of NVBDCP, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare that the State Govt needs more numbers of two wheelers, microscopes and modernized laboratories where G6PD deficiency diagnosis and other sophisticated tests can be performed while citing the difficulties in carrying out various NVBDCP in the hilly terrains and scattered & sparsely located villages of the State.
He also cited the need to review and enhance the incentives for the ASHAs in order to motivate them saying that the ASHAs play an active role in successful implementations of various vaccinations, disease eradication and health awareness programmes in the grass root level and far flung areas. He requested the representative to convey the requirements of the State to the Ministry.
He lauded the State Health Department for their efforts in bringing down malaria cases (positive) from 6398 in the year 2013 to 1540 in the year 2017 with zero death case in the year 2017 and further urged them to take up the issue seriously to achieve the target. Additional Director NVBDCP, Govt of India, Dr Avdesh Kumar said that the strict surveillance from the Ministry will be done to ensure that the target is achieved on time and urged for the strict
maintenance of time line. He said that so far the performance of the North Eastern States have been remarkable and the Malaria control rate is 2 times faster in the North Eastern States than the rest of India.
He further said that malaria disease has to be declared as a Notifiable disease by the Govt so that every single case is brought to the notice and has to be taken care of in order to achieve the target within the time frame. He also sought the logistic support from the State Govt for the success of the programme.
Senior Regional Director, Dr Partho Jyoti Gogoi, Special Secretary(H&FW cum MD NHM), Dr Tapasya Raghav, Director (Health Services), Dr M Lego, Director (H&FW), Dr K Lego and State Programme Officer (NVBDCP), Dr A Yirang also spoke on the occasion. Among others, Parliamentary Secretary (Planning & Personnel), Chau Zingnu Namchoom, Director (TRIH&MS), Dr Moji Jini, Regional Directors and State Programme Officers from other North Eastern States were also attended the meeting.