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Officials? tussle hits malaria drive

The people should remain prepared to face the worst-ever season of brain fever, encephalitis and malaria in its most fatal form. The internal squabbling reportedly between the district malaria officer (DMO) and the director, vector borne disease control programme, has badly affected the malaria control programme in the district, with latter claiming that malaria inspectors do not listen to his orders.

india Updated: Apr 02, 2006 00:48 IST

The people should remain prepared to face the worst-ever season of brain fever, encephalitis and malaria in its most fatal form. The internal squabbling reportedly between the district malaria officer (DMO) and the director, vector borne disease control programme, has badly affected the malaria control programme in the district, with latter claiming that malaria inspectors do not listen to his orders.

The problem started when ACMO, Dr RB Singh, took over the charge of recently created post of director, vector control disease, in December 2005. But for some 'non-official' reasons he was allegedly not provided with the vehicle for making regular inspection and the details of budget sanctioned to the malaria department.

"For the reasons best known to the CMO, I was not provided with official vehicle to make inspections and details of the budget sanctioned to the malaria department. Slowly the malaria inspectors also stopped listening to my orders.

The malaria inspectors do not submit fogging details and I do not have any idea whether anti-mosquito fogging is being conducted or not," said Dr RB Singh.
Dr Singh said besides non-cooperation from the DMO, there are also other staff-related problems due to which the malaria department is not functioning properly. Despite getting a good budget the urban malaria and filaria employees are not even provided with soap and towel. Over 60 per cent manual fogging pumps are lying defunct, he disclosed. Due to all these reasons the employees do not want to work. Some of them simply come, sign on the register and leave the office, he added.

However the health department source informed that the main point of contention between the two was the budget allotted to the malaria department, with one of them wanting to control maximum portion of it.

On being contacted the CMO, Dr Shantimal Singhavi, said since the post of director, vector borne disease, was recently created the department is yet to get additional vehicle and other facilities attached to the post. Moreover the actual problem is between the DMO and Dr Singh with both of them claiming their superiority. But still I have issued an order that all the official communication will be made through Dr RB Singh only. This has cleared much of the confusion and the department is expected to function smoothly, he added. 

"The budget will also come through Dr Singh only, so there will be no problem related to it," he pointed out.