As malaria grips Tripura, medical team to assess the situation

As malaria grips Tripura, medical team to assess the situation

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Agartala, Sep 25: A high level medical team led by health director Dr J K Dev Varma left for Dhalai district this morning where malaria and vector borne diseases have claimed at least seven lives.

The high level team would assess the situation and review the healthcare facilities in the villages of Gandacherra sub-division in the district following the report of fresh outbreak of the deadly diseases.

Health Minister Sudip Roybarman today said that a total of 99,000 blood samples were collected for testing till the month of August and out of which 7048 malaria PF cases have been detected. According to him, altogether 943 malaria patients were detected out of total 3822 blood samples in Dhalai district till August.

The reason behind steep spike in malaria cases is due to heavy downpour during pre-monsoon season, he said. Most people in those areas are not willing to come to hospitals even after afflicted by the deadly disease, he added.

About 20 affected people have been admitted to Gandacherra sub-division hospital in the last three days and local reports claimed that more than a hundred sick villagers have remained in their houses without seeking medical intervention in the remote locations. The health department had deployed health extension workers to go with blood testing kit to those houses and made sure to bring all the affected people in the hospital.

“The villagers have not yet developed the culture to consult doctor for any health complication.They prefer to remain at home without proper medication. Self-treatment doesn't work anyway as bacteria and virus undergo genetic mutation and develop natural adaptability,” Roybarman stated.

The BJP-IPFT government in Tripura has given highest priority to improve the healthcare system in the government hospitals up to village level in last six months. Besides, recruitment of doctors, the posting of health workers were rationalised and required intervention was made to improve service delivery system round the clock, the minister said.

The medicine supply for all indoor patients were made free of cost, and in case of unavailability, hospitals have been asked to reimburse the cost of medicine, he pointed out. "Most people do not want to come to hospital due to their past experiences in the government hospitals. Now, it is the biggest challenge for the department to rebuild the lost confidence of the people and convince them to access the public healthcare facilities," Roybarman said.

“Unless people come to hospitals, it is difficult for the government to ensure everyone is getting the health service they need,”he remarked. The doctors in Gandacherra sub-divisional hospital have said that there is sufficient anti-malaria drug and there is no reason to be scared. Apart from that, additional healthcare arrangements have been made to extend the diagnostic facilities to the remotest part of the district,he added. (UNI)