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Malaria: Central team arrives
Malaria: Central team arrives

Agartala, June 22 (TIWN): Worried by the outbreak of malaria in Tripura, a team of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare led by its addl director Dr. Avadhesh Kumar today arrived here to take stock of the situation, official sources said here today.

Today, the central team will hold meeting with Health and Family Welfare Minister Badal Chowdhury and top officials of Health department to know the ground realty and remedial measures to check the malaria outbreak.

After the meeting, Mr Kumar led team would visit worst malaria affected areas like Chowmanu, Govindabari, Chailengtha, Gandacherra and Raishyabari.

According to reports, as many as 3213 fever patients have been admitted in government hospital with most of them malaria patients. In the past 24 hours, altogether 457 malaria patients have been admitted in government hospitals.

Officially, the death toll stood 40 but it could not touched 63 according unconfirmed sources triggering panic in tribal belts.

Considering the seriousness of the outbreak, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar has held meeting with his cabinet colleagues and asked all the ministers to personally supervise the situation of their jurisdiction.

The government has already decided to bring anti malaria medicines from Kolkata on urgent basis to tackle the situation. Here it may be noted that almost all the districts have been declared as drug resistant it means use of second generation medicines is the only way to treat malaria patients.

Special malaria detection kits are being distributed through MPW, ASHA and Anganwadi workers to help instant detection through blood testing. The Department is reported to have laid stress blood sample collection on a massive scale across the state to combat rising kill zone of the disease.

Special stress was laid on DDT spraying. Spray would be started across the state in war footing from Sunday. Few sub-divisional administrations initiated DDT spraying in dissipated manner. The spray programme would continue for the next 15 days.

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