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

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta sang­hami­tra.sen­gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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The health depart­ment will start the mon­soon aware­ness pro­gramme from Mon­day.

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