Dengue reaches epidemic level in Dimapur

Advisor Moatoshi Longkumer who is also the Chairman, DPDB Dimapur addressing the DPDB members on September 19. (DIPR Photo)

Advisor Moatoshi Longkumer who is also the Chairman, DPDB Dimapur addressing the DPDB members on September 19. (DIPR Photo)

Departments to coordinate to help fight and prevent disease

DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 19 (MExN): The Medical Superintendent of Dimapur today told the meeting of the District Planning and Development Board (DPDB) Dimapur that the Dengue status in Dimapur has reached epidemic level. This was stated in report of the meeting issued by the DIPR. 

With the rising number of Dengue cases in Dimapur district, the meeting resolved for tackling the dengue situation collectively with a joint effort, instead of leaving the onus with the Health Department alone. Advisors Moatoshi Longkumer and Hekani Jakhalu felt the need for immediate remedial measures for controlling the breeding ground of mosquitoes.

The Deputy Commissioner, MS and the Medical Department of Dimapur were entrusted with the responsibility to hold a meeting with all the council members and teachers under Dimapur district for addressing the Dengue issue.

On the issue of blood shortage, the DPDB members agreed to participate in the blood donation drive this Saturday, for which the MS Dimapur was entrusted to coordinate with the officers. The issue for urgent need of a blood separator will be taken up by the Advisors with the concerned authority. The proposal has already been flagged and put up to the higher authority by the MS office.

It was informed that the District Task Force held awareness meeting and deliberated on source reduction but regretted that it was not working. Door to door campaign is being carried out presently and the exercise has covered more than 2,000 houses.

 The Medical Department stressed on community participation and called upon the citizens to come forward in tackling dengue and noted that without community participation it will be very challenging to control the mosquito population.

With regard to the flood situation at Dimapur, the RO Dimapur informed members that 29 locations require attention as per the field report. The report noted that out of the 29 sites identified, 13 locations require eviction as the drainage systems are being affected due to structural factors. The RO noted that the way forward would be cleaning the blocked drainages, increasing the size of narrow culverts and eviction. Towards this, the DC and RO were entrusted to bring out the list and to immediately issue notice for removing of structures hampering the drainage systems.