Tuesday, July 19, 2016

MALARIA DEATH CASES ON RISE IN BALANGIR Tuesday, 19 July 2016 | | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 |  | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
The incidence of death due to malaria has been high in Balangir district, thanks to neglect of health officials.
According to reports, Meghnada Santh (12) of Singhatimal village died due to malaria recently. The ANM did not visit the village since last four years. Nor did the medical officer ensure that the health worker visited the malaria-prone area identified by the Balangir CDMO office.
According to sources at least 200 villages in 63 gram panchyats in entire district have been identified as malaria-prone. And, the CDMO even issued letter to all medical officers to remain alert in this regard. But grassroots level workers are not moving to the villages. Their officers are not taking steps to ensure that the grassroots level health workers visit malaria prone villages and take precautionary measures either. Except issuing letter, nothing has been done.
According to reports, another person of Bhuanpada village in Gudvela block died due to malaria in Burla. He came to the Balangir District Headquarters Hospital in a serious condition and was referred to the Burla Medical College Hospital (MCH) where he breathed his last. Similarly, people in Jamgoan PHC area are suffering from malaria. In the rural areas, it is the health workers who are supposed to stay and deliver health service to the rural people to prevent malaria death. But it has come to notice that many health workers are neither visiting the village nor staying there and the concerned medical officers are overlooking the crucial issue.

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