Highlighting that the issue of vector control and elimination is cross-cutting and requires close collaboration with several other departments, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday exhorted the States to ensure inter-sectoral coordination and work closely with other related departments such as for Tribal Welfare, Urban Development (for enforcement of civic laws), Rural Development (for construction of pucca houses under PMAY-G), water and sanitation, animal husbandry etc.
Mandaviya exhorted states to launch Jan Abhiyaans with Log Bhaagidari to enthuse and engage citizens and communities to ensure that their homes, premises and neighborhoods are free of mosquitoes.
“Log Bhagidaari pivotal for launching Jan Abhiyaan for vector control and elimination. Let us start with our own homes and communities to ensure there is no vector breeding in our neighbourhoods,” said Mandaviya while reviewing the preparedness for prevention and control of vector borne diseases with 13 high burden states ahead of the monsoon season, through Video Conference today.
The states included Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Punjab Rajasthan Tripura, Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Tamil Nadu. These states were advised to involve Ayushman Bharat- Health & Wellness Centres for notification of cases, case management, ensuring community engagement through campaign for observation of dry day, use of personal protective measures, etc.
The states were also asked to ensure timely availability and effective distribution of drug/diagnostics along with insecticides, fogging machines etc.
“Let us engage ASHAs and anganwaadi workers for door-to-door campaigns for awareness enhancement, community mobilisation and distribution of kits, medicines and other services”, he stated, stressing that joint efforts by the states and central government hold the key towards effectively lowering and eliminating the burden of Vector Borne Diseases (VBDs) across the country.
“Well laid out micro-level action plans at village, block, district, state and national levels with effective reviewing shall go a long way in meeting the targets”, he said.
The centre has the target of eliminating Malaria by 2030, Lymphatic Filariasis by 2030 and Kala-Azar by 2023. The centre is providing technical support through guidelines, advisories, epidemiological reports on outbreak preparedness, financial support through budget under NHM, monitoring and supervision, awareness through IEC campaigns, additional support through Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFTAM) to 10 states.