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Sundargarh Wins 1st Prize in Long Lasting Insecticidal Net (LLIN) Distribution Documentation at the State Level

Sundargarh District Administration bagged the 1st prize at the State level for the all-round documentation on Long Lasting Insecticidal Net (LLIN) Distribution during 2020-21 to curb Malaria in the district. Health and Family Welfare Department, GoO awarded the prize to Sundargarh District at a special function on the occasion of World Malaria Day by the. Bolangir and Keonjhar districts bagged the 2nd and 3rd prize respectively. Hon’ble Minister Dept of Health & Family Welfare, GoO Shri Naba Kisore Das presented the trophy and certificate while congratulating Sundargarh to Chief District Medical and Public Health Officer (CDM & PHO) Dr Saroj Kumar Mishra during the function at Jayadev Bhawan in Bhubaneswar. Collector Sundargarh Shri Nikhil Pavan Kalyan congratulated the Officials, Health Dept Staff and field functionaries for the achievement. “According to Annual Parasite Index (API), Sundargarh was a malaria prone district. But with continued efforts of the Health Department, Malaria incidence in the district has been greatly reduced. Over 200 DAMaN Camps was set up in Sundargarh to eradicate Malaria in remote areas. LLIN was distributed in remote, tribal, mining affected and hard to reach areas of the district. Tests, treatment and regular supervision was done by the District Administration thus helping to curb Malaria. We aim to make Sundargarh Malaria Free by 2025” informs CDMO Sundargarh, Dr. Saroj Kumar Mishra. LLIN Distribution being an important intervention for malaria control, the state government had issued directive to respective districts towards process documentation of the same. Sending LLIN to various remote and hard to reach areas, tribal pockets and other interior areas as well as urban and rural areas, coming up with innovations to expedite distribution and other key steps have been well documented in photo and video by the Sundargarh District Administration. The same can be used for information, training and action of other stakeholders when needed. The programme was organized at Bhubaneswar in collaboration with National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme, Directorate of Public Health Odisha and Malaria No More India. Mission Director National Health Mission (NHM) Odisha Smt Shalini Pandit, Director Public Health Dr. Niranjan Mishra, Additional Chief Secretary Health & Family Welfare Dept (H&FW) Shri Raj Kumar Sharma, Special Secy H&FW Dept GoO Dr Ajit Kumar Mohanty, Managing Director Odisha State Medical Corporation Ms. Yamini Sarangi were present on the occasion. To make the Malaria Control Programme more effective across Odisha, LLIN or Long Lasting Insecticidal Net is being distributed in various districts by the State Government. Under this programme total 13 lakh 61 thousand LLIN have been distributed in Sundargarh District. LLIN Distribution was first started in the district in 2017. Special emphasis was placed on the tribal, mining affected areas and urban slums. The administration also provided LLIN in rural areas of the district. Awareness Programmes in villages, DDT Spray on regular basis and Rapid testing are carried out by the District Administration in Sundargarh. The growth of mosquitoes is controlled by the release of Gambusia Fish in ponds, reservoirs and swampy land. The SHG women, Gaon Kalyan Samiti (GKS) members and ASHA Workers play a key role in curbing Malaria. DDT Spray, Distribution and use of LLIN is monitored by the Women SHGs. ‘Hello Points’ have been set up in various remote villages for the people to inform the administration about Malaria incidence. All these initiatives led to the eradication of Malaria in the tribal dominated Sundargarh district. The number of Malaria prone areas has been also decreased. Infact, during 2020, the number of Malaria deaths in Sundargarh was zero. Apart from regular programmes of the district health department and the financial support of District Mineral Foundation (DMF) Sundargarh and Odisha Mineral Bearing Areas Development Corporation (OMBADC), various Malaria control measures has been made more effective.

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