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CM directs to free the state from kala-azar by August 15

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Ranchi, June 16: The state health department has devised a strategy to eliminate dreaded kala-azar or visceral leishmaniasis from Jharkhand by 15th August 2017.

Reviewing the condition of four districts- Dumka, Godda, Pakur and Sahebganj affected with Kala-azar, Chief Secretary Raj Bala Verma said that under the direction of Chief Minister Raghubar Das, directives have been issued to health Dept. and district administration to do the needful to eradicate the disease.

The CS directed the Health Dept. to deploy officers in all the 4 districts from the HQ. She said that the HQ should do all the arrangements required apart from spraying disinfectants in all the districts. Patients should be identified and treated properly.

Civil Surgeon of the districts should be made fully accountable for this.

The CS directed the DCs of districts affected with kala-azar to run a campaign to eradicate the disease. Rajbala Verma further said that the patients should be made accountable village-wise/ panchayat-wise and block-wise and social capital should be mobilized.

At the same time, aanganbari sevikas, sahiyas, ANMs etc. should be made responsible for this. Mukhiyas and panchayat samiti members should be made responsible and village health committees should be made active.

She directed the Health Dept. to send kala-azar advertising vehicles in all the villages and posters, hoardings and booklets should be used for this purpose.

At the block level, BDOs/ MOIC will be made accountable and awareness camps at district/block and panchayat level should be conducted to make the people aware.

She also directed to appoint mentors for the identified patients and nominate deputy development commissioner as in-charge of the district. Family members of patients affected with kala-azar should be given the benefits of ration cards/ agriculture schemes/school/ residential school.

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