BHAWANIPATNA: MORE than 7,000 persons were found positive for malaria out of the 42,000 patients tested for the disease at different hospitals in Kalahandi district in July. The worrying figure was released by National Vectorborne Disease Control Programme unit of Bhawanipatna recently. The report, compiled from different government slide testing centres of the Health department, was presented at a meeting of the district Health department here. Of the total 7,131 malaria positive cases, 6,468 cases were found to be positive for Plasmodium falciparum and 663 for Plasmodium vivax.
The report cited that the disease was endemic to areas under Bhawanipatna Municipality, in Lanjigarh block, Jaipatna and Thuamul Rampur blocks. Lack of sanitation in different areas, particularly in Bhawanipatna Municipality, and waterlogging have been cited as major reasons behind the high number of malaria cases. Meanwhile, constant flow of patients to the medicine ward and paediatric ward in Bhawanipatna Government Hospital has led to overcrowding and in several cases, the patients are forced to sleep on the floor due to shortage of beds.
To manage the crowd, separate wards for men and women have been opened in the hospital, the doctors said. Informing about the district administration’s preparedness, Chief District Medical Officer (CDMO) Dr Brajakishor Brahma and District Malaria Officer (DMO) Muralidhar Naik said the municipality officials have been asked to take up cleaning drive and spray larvicide in the affected pockets. Drug distribution in different primary health centres is in progress and more slides have been sent for testing. People have been advised to use mosquito nets and keep their surrounding clean, the doctors added.