Amid rising Dengue cases, Mandaviya reviews preparedness with states

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Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting to review the Dengue situation in India and preparedness of public health system for prevention, containment and management of Dengue in view of the recent spike in cases of Dengue across the country. 

The Union Health Minister was briefed on the nationwide Dengue situation. Underlining the challenge posed by the increasing number of dengue cases in the country, Dr Mandaviya noted the importance of being prepared against dengue. He directed the officials to be fully geared up and strengthen prevention, containment and management measures for Dengue.

Dr Mandaviya highlighted that the Union Government has provided all necessary support to the states for screening kits and has provided financial support for fogging and IEC activities as well. Healthcare workers have also been trained. He urged states to adhere to the guidelines issued by the Centre for prevention and containment of dengue.

The Union Health Minister also stated that adequate fund is provided by the Central Government to the States under Program Implementation Plan (PIP) for following activities to prevent and control Dengue:

1. Surveillance – Disease and Entomological Surveillance

2. Case management- Effective management of cases and avert deaths

3. Laboratory diagnosis – Procurement of ELISA based NS1 antigen test kit (1kit=96 test) for early diagnosis of cases. (IgM test kit is a central supply through NIV Pune)

4. Vector Control & management- To eliminate the vector breeding and source reduction activities engagement of Domestic Breeding Checkers (DBCs) and ASHA. Budget is provisioned for procurement of fogging machines.

5. Insecticides: Procurement of insecticides (larvicides and adulticides)

6. Capacity building- Training, Strengthening Human Resource and Operational research

7. Behaviour Change Communication – Social mobilization and IEC

8. Inter-sectoral coordination – involvement of different line departments

9. Monitoring and Supervision – Analysis of reports, review, field visit and feedback

Entomological component – Zonal Entomological units (Integrated VBD):

1. Logistics for Entomological Lab Strengthening

2. Monitoring & Evaluation

3. Mobility support for field activities

4. Hiring of Entomologist and insect collectors