Sunday, April 26, 2015

MOSQUITO NET SUPPLY STOPPED IN BALANGIR SINCE 2009 Monday, 27 April 2015 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

MOSQUITO NET SUPPLY STOPPED IN BALANGIR SINCE 2009
Monday, 27 April 2015 | SUDHIR MISHRA | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
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Even as the Government claims that it provides chemically treated mosquito nets in the malaria prone area to prevent further spread of malaria, besides medicine and other measures, including two rounds of indoor residual spray, reports from different parts of Balangir district reveal a totally different picture.
According to sources, the number of people affected in brain malaria was on the rise in the district. A total of 4,542 people were detected as suffering from brain malaria in the district in 2013 and the number rose up to 7,493 in 2014.
According to sources, the Government of Odisha supplied chemically treated mosquito nets to the people to check further spread of malaria in 2009.The life span of the mosquito net is three years. Moreover, the chemically treated net is subject to wear and tear in the three year.
The Government should have supplied new chemically treated mosquito nets and replaced the old ones by 2012. However, due to some ‘hurdles in procurement and supply of the mosquito nets’ at State level, the old mosquito nets could not be supplied.
According to sources, the change of Government at the Centre also resulted in late arrival of money. Financial assistance for the year 2014-15 reached Balangir late in January, which affected the spraying of indoor residual spray in the district too. According to sources, indoor residual spray is taken on two rounds in a year, first in the second week of May and another in the second week of September.
When the money came in January, it could not be utilised. First of all, the new mosquito nets were not available since 2012 and to aggravate it, the residual spray was stopped, which resulted in increase in number of malaria patients including the brain malaria.
“This year, on the World Malaria Day we have started indoor residual spray in Patrapali village under Lathore CHC of Khpakhol block, which is one of most malaria endemic blocks of the district and contributes around 40 per cent malaria deaths of the district,” said an official here. Last year seven people had died due to malaria in the district, he informed.
Meanwhile, even though Balangir district has placed a requirement to supply 8, 57,000 mosquito nets for the people of the district after a door- to-door survey, it has been gathering dust at the State level leaving people in the lurch.
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MO MASHARI’ GOES AWRY AS RS90 CRORE NOT SPENT
Monday, 27 April 2015 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR | in Bhubaneswar
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With Odisha accounting for 36 per cent of all malaria deaths in the country, the Mo Mashari scheme with a provision of Rs90 crore seems to have gone awry. Under the scheme, Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLIN) are to be distributed to protect pregnant women against malaria infection, but the sum of money earmarked for it could not be spent by the State Health Department.
As per data available, cases of malaria infected people in the State, which stood at 2.28 lakh in 2013-14, jumped nearly two-fold to reach 3.95 lakh in 2014-15, primarily, though not entirely, due to the failure of the scheme. On the other hand, the Health Department statistics reveal that after a steady fall for three years, malaria deaths have started rising again. The statistics reveal that as many as 100 people died of the infection in 2011, 79 in 2012 and 67 in 2013. However, the toll took a big upward leap in 2014 with 89 deaths.
An official of the Health Department, on condition of anonymity, admitted that the department has not distributed mosquito nets during 2014-15. The Centre too has stopped providing mosquito nets. Though the department has decided to utilise last financial year’s fund during 2015-16, it has no information available with it on the tendering process and procurement of nets.
To everybody’s surprise, the department had not supplied mosquito nets for 2012-13 and 2013-14 either. The department had distributed a few nets in Koraput. During that time, it had given a clarification that the Centre had not supplied the stocks, the official said.
Recently, Union Health Minister had informed the Lok Sabha that despite Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh being malaria-prone States, they have fared well in controlling the spread of the disease. Eighty per cent of malaria deaths are reported from tribal dominated districts in Odisha. The most cases of malaria deaths are reported from Malkangiri, Gajapati, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Keonjhar, Koraput, Mayurbhanj, Nuapada, Rayagada and Sundargarh districts, the Minister had said.
It may be mentioned that Mo Mashari was launched in November 2009 as a programme to protect pregnant women against malaria through distribution of LLIN. Initially, five districts with high malaria burdens were targeted in a pilot period from March 2010 to March 2011, which was expanded to a further two districts in 2012.

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