Vector-borne diseases should be prevented: WHO

By Ritu Singh | Updated: Mar 25, 2014, 23:06 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: WHO has decided to make vector-borne diseases the theme for this year's World Health Day celebrations on April 7 in order to generate awareness about them.

WHO said that vector-borne diseases like Malaria, Dengue and Japanese Encephalitis could be eradicated through preventive measures and more financial commitment for campaigns against the diseases.

At a press briefing the WHO representative to India, Nata Menabde said "We want to make people empowered to take decisions on their own to prevent these diseases,".

Menabde said there was a need to strengthen the overall healthcare system in the country to prevent these diseases and more financial commitment to contain them.

"I also want to emphasize the importance of the primary healthcare campaign in this regard," she said.

Asheena Khalakdina, WHO country office for India said, "In India, the National Health Mission has been important in curbing vector-borne diseases''.

The total burden of such diseases globally stands at 17 percent whereas a staggering 70 percent of such diseases are reported from low and middle income countries because of poor living conditions.