NMMC to monitor treatment of malaria patients this monsoon
CARD SYSTEM Health dept will implement a ward-wise drive, making sure there is no relapse
NAVI MUMBAI: The municipal corporation is making all efforts to curb malaria in the city.
The health department of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporations (NMMC) will introduce a card system to monitor the treatment this monsoon.
The system intends to give extensive treatment through constant monitoring of the patient and complete the treatment, thereby reducing the relapse cases.
“The parasites are stored in the system in a malaria patient. If the patient stops having malarial symptoms, it can relapse after a few days. Hence, we have decided to start a constant monitoring system to ensure the treatment is completed and the patient is completely cured,” said Dr Ujwala Oturkar, malaria officer, health department of NMMC.
As per the health officials, patients who are tested positive are supposed to take a complete course of 14-day primaquine dose along with chloroquine, so that malaria does not relapse. However, doctors said that it has been observed in most cases that as soon as the patient starts feeling better they stop talking the tablets due to which the relapse cases are more recurrent.
As per the figures with the health department, a total of 38 malaria cases have been registered from January to May this year.
In 2015, a total of 159 malaria cases were registered from January to December and in 2014, 353 cases were recorded during the same period.
Through the treatment card system, the department will implement a proper ward-wise monitoring of the patients.
The health department will also start the monsoon awareness programme this month which will continue till September. June is observed as the malaria awareness month.
“We will begin our monsoon awareness programmes from Monday,” said the official. As a part of the awareness drive, the NMMC officials will fog and fumigate areas that are prone to vector-borne diseases. Weekly anti-larval fogging activity is already being undertaken, said the officials.
“To ensure that the spread of mosquito-borne diseases is controlled, we have well in advance started undertaking fumigation and spring drives, in nullahs and at construction sites across the nodes,” said Dr Oturkar.
Officials said that they have also begun Indoor Residual
Spray (IRS) and are giving live demo sessions to residents and teaching them simple steps to destroy if there is any breeding.
“We are also training the community workers who will work as coordinators for doorto-door awareness drives,” said the official.
The health department will start the monsoon awareness programme from Monday.