The Jharkhand health department has geared up to tackle malaria after an outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease was reported from different parts of the state, the latest from a village in Chaibasa.
In Argundi village in the district, at least 103 people with suspected vector-borne disease, have shown symptoms of the fever with five deaths reported from the village until now, said state vector-borne disease control officer Dr Ramesh Prasad.
“We are rushing a team from the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi to the village to control the spread of the disease,” he said.
“I will also be visiting the village today.”
He further said that the department has already set up a health camp at the village and healthcare workers are conducting screening tests of villagers suspected to be afflicted by the disease.
“A team of doctors and healthcare workers will be rushed to Chaibasa to curb the growing malaria menace in the district,” he said.
Figures of the national vector-borne disease control programme, states that Jharkhand has recorded 59,142 cases of malaria until September 2016 and 29,292 cases of a more dangerous strain of the disease caused by plasmodium falciparum–a protozoan parasite transmitted by the female Anopheles mosquito. A large number of cases in the state go unreported.
This apart, the department has also intensified its awareness campaign on malaria and other vector-borne diseases in the districts, said Prasad.
“We are calling a meeting of the district malaria officers on November 17 to review the progress of work done to prevent malaria and other vector- borne diseases,” he said.
He further said that the department is taking help of sahiyas–village level healthcare workers–and auxiliary nurse midwives in remote villages to help detect malaria and also to create awareness about precautions to be taken to prevent the disease.
Malaria has already claimed 10 lives in West Sighbhum district in the past one week while seven others have been admitted at a local hospital. Dhanbad too has come under the grip of malaria, where 19 villages of Tundi block have been affected.
More than 500 residents in 19 villages of the district have been afflicted by the disease in the past one week.