Apply Covid Protocol For Vector-borne Diseases
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With a spike in vector-borne diseases and seasonal fever cases in several parts of the state, the district health department on Wednesday called a joint meeting of malaria and Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) units and directed its staff to implement the Covid-19 protocol for malaria, dengue, chikungunya and swine flu cases.

Around 50 people have succumbed to viral fever over the last few days in Firozabad, while six cases of malaria and three dengue cases have been reported in the district. State chief secretary, on Tuesday, had issued an order to district authorities to undertake a week-long special drive from September 7 to curb viral fever cases, increase Covid-19 sensitization and identify people above 45 years who are yet to take their first vaccine dose.

Based on the previous five-year record of vector-borne cases, the health department has now identified 12 areas, including Indirapuram, Vaishali, Kaushambi, Vijay Nagar, Masuri, Loni and a few colonies in the Arthala region, which require intense preventive measures. “Health inspectors have been instructed to conduct fogging and other preventive measures in the areas where a large number of cases were reported in the last five years. A meeting of the district task force also has been called by the district magistrate to discuss such measures,” chief medical officer Dr Bhavtosh Shankhdhar said.

District surveillance officer Dr RK Gupta said cluster containment and surveillance programmes, akin to those undertaken under the Covid-19 protocol, will be implemented in areas where dengue, malaria and viral fever cases would be reported. “Along with family members, neighbours and contacts will be tested. A daily meeting of staff from two wings has also been planned. For this, separate teams, including two doctors, have been formed. When a malaria or dengue case comes to the fore, these teams will visit the spot, conduct a survey and provide medicines to the patient,” Dr Gupta said.

Instructions to conduct door-to-door surveys and regular fogging in these areas have been issued. All private and government hospitals in the district have also been directed to inform the health department about malaria and dengue cases.