Health dept to launch fight against malaria next month

“We will make a concrete plan to eliminate malaria from the city by next year,” said Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, anti-malaria officer, UT Health Department.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Published:February 13, 2016 8:10 am

With the Union Health Ministry launching the National Framework for Malaria Elimination (NFME), which outlines the country’s strategy for elimination of malaria by 2030, the Chandigarh Health Department Friday said that they would launch a malaria elimination programme next month.

“We will make a concrete plan to eliminate malaria from the city by next year,” said Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, anti-malaria officer, UT Health Department.

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Giving details, Agarwal said that the city would be divided into three zones to fight the disease. The department will then work to retain or bring down the number of malaria cases to zero in each of the zones, he said.

“While the first zone will comprise areas that report zero malaria cases, the second zone will consist of places that report a few cases,” he said, adding that the third zone would comprise high-risk areas. “We will step up surveillance and involve the private sector to achieve our goals,” he added.

Last month, the health department had asked the city hospitals to conduct malaria tests on pregnant women and blood donors. The initiative was taken under the state programme aimed at eliminating the disease from the city.

As many as 150 cases of malaria were reported in the city last year. In December last year, the UT Administration had also made malaria, dengue and Japanese encephalitis notifiable in the city for 2016.