“Start with houses to avoid vector breeding in neighborhoods”

New Delhi: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday urged states to launch “Jan Abhiyaans” or public campaigns with “log bhaagidari” (popular participation) to enthuse and engage citizens and communities to ensure that there are no mosquitoes breeding in the neighborhoods.

Mandaviya, who reviewed vector-borne disease prevention and control preparedness with 13 high-burden states, via video conference, said “Log Bhagidaari” is key to launching “Jan Abhiyaan” for control and prevention. elimination of vectors, according to a press release from the Ministry of Health.

“Let’s start with our own homes and communities to make sure there is no vector breeding in our neighborhoods,” he said.

The 13 worst affected states are Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Punjab Rajasthan Tripura, Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Tamil Nadu, according to the statement. .

Emphasizing that the issue of vector control and elimination is cross-cutting and requires close collaboration with several other departments, Mandaviya urged states to ensure cross-sectoral coordination and work closely with other related departments such as the well – being tribal, urban development (for the application of civic laws), rural development (for the construction of pucca houses within the framework of the PMAY-G), water and sanitation and animal husbandry.

States were advised to involve Ayushman Bharat – Health and Wellness Centers for case notification, case management, ensuring community engagement through (information, education and communication) of an IEC/social mobilization campaign for the observance of the dry day, the use of individual protection measures, etc. , says the press release

They were also asked to ensure the timely availability and efficient distribution of drugs/diagnostics as well as insecticides, foggers, etc. States should also pay attention to the formation of Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) to effectively tackle any outbreak, Mandaviya stressed.

The Union health minister suggested working in partnership with NGOs, CSOs and supporting agencies through micro-plans with time-bound results, the statement said.