Aimed at strengthening comprehensive Information Education Communication (IEC) campaign on vector-borne diseases, the village health committees in Kangra district will run a mass awareness drive to aware people about diseases, including malaria, dengue, scrub typhus and kala azar.
Kangra chief medical officer (CMO) Dhruv S Gurung said the committees would motivate the community to adopt preventive measures under vector control.
He said the state health department had issued directions for awareness activity up to sub-centre level in a meeting of the village health, sanitation and nutrition committee (VHSNC).
Besides, the campaign is also aimed at strengthening the surveillance activities under the national vector borne disease control programme. “Health supervisors and health educators will also attend VHSNC meetings and sensitise the rural people regarding vector-control measures,” said Gurung.
He said effective measures to control vector-borne diseases include early diagnosis, prompt treatment, personal protection and vector environment management.
“Inter-sectoral workshops are being organised at 12 block headquarters and four urban areas in the district along with environment management through community participation,” he said.
In addition, morning assembly sessions on effective measures to control vector-borne diseases, including personal protection measures, will be conducted where students will be educated on health care.
Students will be educated on using bed nets while sleeping to protect themselves and family from mosquitoes and malaria.
Elaborating about the preventive measures to stop mosquito breeding, Gurung said proper drainage system should be built near water sources and residential area. He said people should fill ditches, keep water storage containers always covered and should dispose of all junks to keep safe from vector-borne diseases.