JP Nadda chairs review meeting on control of vector borne diseases

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Nadda directs to involve municipalities and corporations at the ground level for more effective and joint efforts

JP Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, recently held a high level meeting to review the activities for prevention and control of vector borne diseases (dengue, malaria, chikungunya) in the country. Nadda extended assurance to all states that there is no shortage of medicines, diagnostic kits, masks etc. The Health Minister further reassured the states for all possible help from the government.

Dr Saumya Swaminathan, Secretary (DHR) and DG (ICMR), Dr (Prof) Jagdish Prasad, DGHS and other senior officers of the Union Health Ministry, National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), National Centre for Disease Control (N3CDC) were also present in the meeting along with Directors/ MS from the Central Government hospitals.

Highlighting the important role that the field level workers, and municipal corporations and municipalities play in control and prevention of these vector borne diseases, he directed to involve municipalities and corporations at the ground level for more effective and joint efforts.

During the meeting, Nadda directed that all the available information on the measures taken by the Ministry should be easily available to the people through various media channels. He further stated that awareness is the key in controlling the vector borne diseases and no stone should be left unturned to reach out to the people. Noting that community participation and empowerment are the most crucial areas in prevention, the Union Health Minister urged all the stakeholders to start rigorous awareness campaigns regarding the preventive steps to be taken by the people in their communities.

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