Brace yourself for vector-borne diseases, Centre directs state

J P Nadda, The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, held a high-level meeting to review the preparedness of the Ministry for prevention and control of vector-borne diseases like kalaazar, dengue, malaria, and chickungunya in the country, in Delhi today.

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During the meeting, The Union Health Minister directed the officials for mounting aggressive IEC campaigns to enhance awareness on prevention and control of vectors before the season starts.

At the review meeting, JP Nadda stated that he will speak to the Health Ministers of the endemic States to ensure that they are prepared with all the necessary medicines, kits etc. He further said that he will also ask them to take up aggressive IEC in their states.

JP Nadda also asked Secretary (Health) to speak to the State Health Secretaries to gear up for the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases.

The Health Minister further directed the officials and Nodal officers to visit kalaazar endemic States of Jharkhand and Bihar immediately and report to him by next Wednesday.

Nadda also directed the officials to organise and complete the Training of Trainers (ToT)for ventilator management for 125 doctors for management of H1NI cases, well in time.