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More health staff to curb malaria cases

india Updated: Jul 18, 2012 00:27 IST
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Although the district health department has been claiming that it had taken a host of measures to control spread of malaria, their impact is yet to be seen on the ground.

So far, 82 malaria cases have been reported in the city since June 1.

The department has appointed 35 men to undertake fogging in the sectors.

This will take the total number of staff involved in anti-malaria activities to 51.

Till now, shortage of staff has been cited as the reason for slow implementation of the drive.

According to the authorities, fogging and blood sample collection were hit due to manpower crunch.

Dr Parveen Garg, chief medical officer, said, "We were facing severe staff shortage for some time. But now we have enough staff. We have lined up many initiatives to make the city disease-free in this monsoon."

For the effective execution of the plan, the department has divided the entire district into various zones and a team would be assigned a particular area.

They would carry out fogging and keep a check on stagnant water.

They also encourage people to get their blood tested for malaria if they fall ill.

However, the residents aren't happy with the way the department has been functioning with regard to anti-malaria programme. According to them, the department has initiated steps much late.

Uma Paul, resident of Sector 7 Extension, said, "They should have planned the strategy well in advance. They did not have a plan of action and we are paying the price."