DIPHU, Nov 11: Health & Family Welfare department distributed Insecticide Treated Bed Nets (ITBN) in Dengue affected areas in Karbi Anglong.
In Diphu town, there is an outbreak of Dengue from the month of October resulting in more than 300 positive cases and claiming 4 lives including one from Lumding.
Distributing the ITBN in a function at Taralangso here on Friday, the executive member (EM), Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC), Health & Family Welfare, Surjya Rongphar said as Diphu town is affected by Dengue, so for preventive measures the Health department is distributing medicated mosquito nets to every household.
Speaking to a large gathering who came to get the medicated mosquito nets, the EM said that personal protection is the only prevention.
“To prevent avoid mosquito breeding in the surrounding there should be stagnant water. Materials like plastic bottles, drums, buckets and flower tubs should be drained of water,” he said.
He also said people should take extra care during the day as the vector mosquito of Dengue is active during the day. While sleeping at night you should use mosquito nets.
He said on getting fever one should not take self-medication, instead they should approach a doctor. Medicines should be taken on a doctor’s advice. The EM announced that ITBN will be distributed to every household in 14 wards of Diphu town.
Member of Autonomous Council (MAC) Johnny Timung who is a dengue patient himself advised people to take precautionary measures.
“For one week, I was also on medication for Dengue and I know how terrible the sickness is. There is no definite medicine for treatment of Dengue and I was advised only to take paracetamol. The doctor advised me to eat well to boost my immunity,” Timung said.
The distribution programme was attended by chairman, Diphu Municipal Board Rah Kro and joint director of Health Services, Dr Borsinig Rongpi.