Govt to provide medicated mosquito nets

678 people died due to malaria and 104 due to dengue across the country last year.

New Delhi: Concerned over the spurt in mosquito-borne diseases, Union Health Ministry is planning to introduce medicated mosquito nets to check the menace.

Diseases like malaria and dengue have emerged as a major public health concern with considerable mortality and morbidity in recent times.

678 people died due to malaria and 104 due to dengue across the country last year. Approximately 13,73,317 cases of malaria and 27,196 of dengue were recorded in that year.

"We have cleared a proposal mooted by the Ministry of Health and Family welfare to introduce medicated mosquito nets to prevent mosquito bites. This project is one of the few new prevention measures being undertaken this year to prevent cases of dengue and malaria," Dr Ramakant, assistant advisor, Public Health Engineering, Ministry of Urban Development said.

He was speaking at a national convention on vector- borne diseases organised by an NGO, HEAL Foundation, here.

"While the fall out of vector-borne diseases can be difficult to handle, control and prevention, in contrast, is easy. I would say prevention is completely a function of awareness," Chandrakant S Pandav, HOD, Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS, said.

Director of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme A C Dharliwal said, "People need to be extra cautious during monsoon season.

"It is also of prime importance that people are aware of all aspects of these diseases. Preventing vector-borne diseases depends, upto a large extent, on the level of awareness."

A booklet on vector-borne diseases was also released at convention. It will be sent to all the Resident Welfare Associations in Delhi and NCR region to create awareness on the issue.

"The high incidence of such diseases in India is a matter of great concern. Through this convention we are making an earnest attempt to bring about a constructive change in the way these issues are dealt with in this country," Swadeep Srivastava, Principal Consultant HEAL Foundation, said.


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