Smart cities must have a vec­tor con­trol com­po­nent, says Health Min­is­ter Of­fi­cial

Assocham Bulletin - - INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS - - Dr. N. S. Dharmshaktu Prin­ci­pal Ad­vi­sor on Pub­lic Health, MoHFW

Th­es­mart cities­must have a vec­tor con­trol com­po­nent which needs to be in­cluded in strate­gic plan­ning for ur­ban devel­op­ment, said a top gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial from Min­istry of Health & Fam­ily Wel­fare at ASSOCHAM Di­a­logue on Pro­tect­ing Com­mu­ni­ties: Vec­tor Con­trol in Ac­tion summit held in New Delhi. Glob­ally, around 80% of the en­tire pop­u­la­tion is at risk ofone or more vec­tor-borne dis­eases. While, 77%of the glob­al­bur­den of com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­ease is at­trib­ut­able to VBDs as well, said Dr. N. S. Dharmshaktu, Prin­ci­pal Ad­vi­sor on Pub­lic Health, MoHFW.

"We need web based re­port­ing on Vec­tor Borne Dis­eases (VBDs). Also, make malaria treat­ment train­ing manda­tory forDoc­tors& Pub­lic Health Work­ers", said Dr. Dharmshaktu.

Ad­dress­ing the in­au­gu­ral ad­dress Dr. P. K. Sen, Di­rec­tor, NVBDCP, MoHFW said, about 60% de­cline in Malaria cases in 2018 so far com­pared to the same time in 2017. With the steady de­cline of malaria cases in In­dia, the signs are pos­i­tive that its pre­ven­tion and con­trol mea­sure are work­ing ef­fec­tively.

Ad­di­tion­ally, fa­cil­i­tat­ing the adop­tion of in­te­grated vec­tor man­age­ment and en­sur­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of vec­tor con­trol ser­vices in ru­ral and ur­ban ar­eas can shrink the dis­ease bur­den much faster in In­dia, added Dr. P. K. Sen.

He fur­ther said the cases of dengue ris­ing glob­ally whereas mor­tal­ity has re­duced from 3%4% to below 1%, said Dr. P. K. Sen.

In his ad­dress, ASSOCHAM's sec­re­tary gen­eral, Mr Uday Ku­mar Varma lauded the com­mend­able work done by the gov­ern­ments, both at the cen­tre and in the states in bring­ing down the trans­mis­sion in­ten­sity of vec­tor-borne dis­eases in our coun­try. He also said that de­ter­mi­na­tion on­both sides i.e. the gov­ern­ment and the pri­vate sec­tor would go a long way in fur­ther con­tain­ing the spread of vec­tor-borne dis­eases and re­vers­ing the trend by ef­fec­tively deal­ing with chal­lenges like dearth of skilled man­power and pro­mot­ing use of lat­est ad­vance­ments in med­i­cal tech­nol­ogy.

Dr. Arun Ku­mar, Head of En­vi­ron­men­tal Science, Bayer South Asia said, Vec­tor Borne Dis­eases (VBDs) pose a sig­nif­i­cant risk to In­dia due to rapid ur­ban­iza­tion, in­creased move­ment of peo­ple and goods & en­vi­ron­men­tal changes. These dis­eases im­pede eco­nomic devel­op­ment through di­rect med­i­cal costs and in­di­rect costs such as loss of pro­duc­tiv­ity, in ad­di­tion to enor­mous mor­tal­ity. All the com­mon VBDs are pre­ventable and Vec­tor Con­trol along with com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion can play a sig­nif­i­cant role in dis­ease pre­ven­tion. At Bayer, we ac­tively en­gaged in help­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions across the globe to sus­tain­ably man­age in­sect vec­tors, which trans­mit dis­eases and cause hu­man sick­ness and mor­tal­ity. Bayer has re­cently signed "Zero by 40," a global dec­la­ra­tion with the vi­sion to erad­i­cate Malaria by 2040 through re­search, devel­op­ment and sup­ply of in­no­va­tive Vec­tor Con­trol so­lu­tions, said Dr. Arun Ku­mar. are

Mr. Mat­loob Has­san, Di­rec­tor, Azoth An­a­lyt­ics Pvt. Ltd said, Vec­tor-borne dis­eases pose a ma­jor pub­lic health prob­lem around the world. Glob­ally, more than 347 mil­lion cases of vec­tor-borne dis­eases in­clud­ing Malaria, Dengue, Chikun­gunya, Kalaazar, Ja­panese En­cephali­tis, Lym­phatic Fi­lar­i­a­sis and Zika, were re­ported in the year 2017. There­fore, di­min­ish­ing their im­pact is a world­wide pri­or­ity.

The knowl­edge re­port jointly pre­pared by ASSOCHAM and AZOTH An­a­lyt­ics be­ing re­leased by the dig­ni­taries

From Leftto Right: - Dr. N. S. Dharmshaktu, Prin­ci­pal Ad­vi­sor on Pub­lic Health to MoH&FW, Direc­torate Gen­eral of Health Ser­vices, Dr. Om S. Tyagi, As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, ASSOCHAM, Dr. Preetha Ra­jara­man, U.S. Health At­tache, In­dia & Re­gional Rep­re­sen­ta­tive - South Asia, U.S. De­part­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices (HHS), Dr. Arun Ku­mar, Head of South Asia, Bayer En­vi­ron­men­tal Science, Dr. P K Sen, Di­rec­tor, Na­tional Vec­tor Bome Dis­ease Con­trol Pro­gramme (NVBDCP), MoHFW, Mr. Uday Ku­mar Varma, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, ASSOCHAM, Dr. Bhu­pen­dra Tri­pathi, Coun­try Lead - Rou­tine Im­mu­niza­tion & Ne­glected Trop­i­cal Dis­eases, Bill & Melinda Gates Foun­da­tion, Mr. Mat­loob Hasan, Di­rec­tor, Azoth An­a­lyt­ics Pri­vate Lim­ited

Dr. P K Sen, Di­rec­tor, NVBDCP, Mlo HFW, Govt. of In­dia ad­dress­ing the au­gust gath­er­ing at the oc­ca­sion

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