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Udaipur :Malaria situation worsens; More than 200 affected in Gomati District

UDAIPUR, June 18(TIWN) : Though State Health Department a few years back very proudly declared Tripura a Malaria Free state , the continuous increase in number of malaria affected people almost across the state has brought out the real situation in Tripura. All of a sudden the entire state, from Dhalai District to Gomati, has totally come under the grip of PF+ve virus, the virus that leads to malaria.

The situation took a serious turn in the entire Gomati District with more than 200 people already detected to be infected with malaria virus. Ahead of three-tier Panchayat election it has put the administration under real threat of epidemic with more than 21 death tolls across the state.

      According to TIWN sources in the CMO Office Gomati District more than two hundred people are already infected with the FP+ve virus. In Karbook, Amarpur, Silachhari and even in the District Headquarters Udaipur number of infected people are increasing day by day with an alarmingly increasing rate. Under tremendous pressure Chief Medical Officer Gomati Dr Niru Mohan Jamatia and ADM Gomati L T Darlong visited the malaria affected areas of Silachhari, Karbook and Amarpur on Tuesday morning.  Along with the health workers and officials they met with patients admitted in the PHCs in Karbook, Silachhari and Amarpur. In the afternoon CMO and ADM Gomati held a crucial meeting with the  SDMs, SDMOs and  MOICs. In this meeting ADM L T Darlong instructed all the SDMs and other officials and health workers to organize health camps in almost all villages and test the blood of  all the suspected people. Already the leave of the health workers has been cancelled with the imposition of model code of conduct of the three-tier Panchayat election to be held on July 15th. But the CMO asked all the health  workers not to leave their present places of posting.

     Returning from to Udaipur CMO Dr N M Jamatia told TIWN over phone, " Over all 78 people in the Gomati District are infected with malaria. Among this 41 are in Amarpur and Karbook Sub-Divisions while 37 are in Udaipur. The healthworkers are put  in alert and have been working in war time emergency to control the present situation." But TIWN sources  in Karbook told on Tuesday night that only in Karbook hospital 62 patients, have been detected possessing FP+ve virus, are admitted.

    Even in Udaipur the situation leaves no room for complacency. In the remote areas in Kakraban, Killa and Maharani the number of affected people are increasing at quite an alarming proportion. It is creating more panic because at any time it can assume the role of an epidemic. The administration too is trying to prevent the disease spreading in towns. Experts say if the situation worsens even the towns and adjacent areas too may come under the grip of Malaria.

  But it is really mysterious that Udaipur Municipal Council(UMC) is yet to take any precautionary measures. Neither the UMC nor the health workers are seen spreading DDT in order to prevent rapid breeding of mosquitoes. The areas inhabited by the tribals are most affected. 

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