October 11, 2017 08:13 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Haryana Health Minister, Mr. Anil Vij said that for first time in history of the state, 1.74 lakh long lasting insecticide nets would be given away free of cost to control vector-borne diseases in district Nuh. As many as 142 high risk villages have been identified for this purpose.

The Minister said that insecticide nets have been received from the Central Government and soon they would be distributed among people. He said that due to proximity to Delhi, the cases of malaria were found to be more in Mewat area as compared to other areas of the state during recent years. Therefore, special emphases are being laid to save people of Mewat area from these diseases.

Mr. Vij said that 72,000 RDT kits have also been sent to district Nuh for rapid testing of blood in case of diseases such as malaria, chikungunya, dengue and others. The report of the test conducted on RDT kits can be obtained in 15-20 minutes. As per requirement, such kits have also been provided to districts Palwal and Yamunanagar. He said that Gambusia fishes have been added into ponds of 41 selected high risk villages of Nuh and ujina drain, which eat larva of mosquito.

He said that as a result of the steps taken by the present State Government, there has been considerable reduction in number of malaria, dengue and chikungunya cases. As compare to last year, there has been reduction of 28 per cent in malaria cases in district Nuh whereas it was 38 per cent in the entire state. Apart from this, the dengue cases has reduced by 15 per cent in the state and only two cases of chikungunya have so far been detected whereas there were 704 cases last year. No death due to vector-borne diseases has so far been registered in the state, he added.

Mr. Vij said that training has been imparted to 26 doctors, 28 AYUSH doctors, 10 Child Development Project Officer and Supervisors, and 667 ASHA workers to spread awareness among people about vector-borne diseases.

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