Health Minister chairs high level review meeting on control of vector borne disease

The union health minister, Mr J P Nadda directed the Secretary (Health) to speak to the State Health Secretaries to gear up for the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases

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New Delhi: The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Mr Jagat Prakash Nadda held a high-level meeting to review the preparedness of the Ministry for prevention and control of vector-borne diseases like kala-azar, dengue, malaria, and chikungunya in the country, on 25th April at New Delhi.

During the meeting, Mr Nadda directed the officials for mounting aggressive IEC campaigns to enhance awareness on prevention and control of vectors before the season starts.

Ms Preeti Sudan, Secretary (Health), and other senior officers of the Union Health Ministry, National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) and National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) were also present in the meeting.

At the review meeting, Mr Nadda stated that he will speak to the Health Ministers of the endemic States to ensure that they are prepared with all the necessary medicines, kits etc. He further said that he will also ask them to take up aggressive IEC in their states.

The minister also asked Secretary (Health) to speak to the State Health Secretaries to gear up for the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases. The Health Minister further directed the officials and Nodal officers to visit kala-azar endemic States of Jharkhand and Bihar immediately and report to him by next Wednesday.

Mr Nadda also directed the officials to organize and complete the Training of Trainers (ToT) for ventilator management for 125 doctors for management of H1NI cases, well in time.

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