Vikash Sharma

In view of the spurt in dengue cases in some parts of Odisha, the health department has swung into action and stressed on timely implementation of adequate measures during the monsoon and post-monsoon period in which the outbreak of vector-borne diseases including dengue and malaria is usually feared.

In a letter, Health Secretary Shalini Pandit has directed all Collectors and Municipal Commissioners to remain vigilant and review availability of frontline workers, logistics, drugs and outbreak management skills of RRTs for prevention and control of vector-borne diseases in their respective districts.

The officials have been instructed to conduct mapping of vulnerable pockets by analysing the epidemiological trend of the last 5 years and intensify surveillance in those pockets. Apart from this, focus should be given to tests, treatment and timely referral to higher facilities when required. Similarly, the district and block RRTs should be kept in readiness to manage any adverse situation, the letter read.

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Senior officials said that anti-larval and anti-adult measures (for the vector) should be undertaken in addition to massive source reduction activity. Besides, instructions have also been issued to ensure availability of whole blood and blood products at blood banks for emergency response apart from availability of dedicated dengue ward.

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