Outbreak of malaria in Tripura villages

Outbreak of malaria in Tripura villages

Agency News

Agartala, June 10: Tripura government has decided to extend emergency medical care to the villagers residing on the Tripura-Mizoram-Bangladesh border following sudden outbreak of malaria and vector borne diseases in past few days.

According to the local sources, as many as 27 cases were reported to various health clinics in Bhandarima, Shantipur and Gachhirampara of Kanchanpur under North Tripura district and another about 34 people were detected with Plasmodium Falciparum (PF) malaria in six villages of the area where ASHA workers have been working.

Spread of malaria and other vector borne diseases in hilly parts of Tripura have been a common phenomenon but in last few years due to precautions from the health department, the situation did not escalate much, sources said, adding, “This year due to general elections the administration was otherwise busy and could not give much attention and moreover, Tripura experienced more pre-monsoon shower this year that further aggravated the situation.”

Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb who is also holding the health portfolio today reviewed the situation and directed the health officials to undertaken measures on war-footing to arrest the situation and control further spread of the disease. Besides, health workers, he asked the local MLAs and other public representatives to supervise the healthcare extension work. (UNI)