Staff Reporter

Control unit has DMO as its nodal officer

Will help initiate quick, effective health care measures Project aims to conduct awareness programmes on lifestyle diseases Mechanisms facilitating reporting of diseases from all parts of the district put in place

KANNUR: An Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) launched across the country to initiate quick and effective health care measures against communicable and non-communicable diseases has been introduced in the district.

District Medical Officer (DMO) K. Neena announced this at a press conference here on Saturday. Dr. Neena said the project envisaged the co-ordination of Government and private hospitals in association with the district unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA).

The project is aimed at identifying local outbreak of diseases and initiating measures to check the spread of communicable diseases. She said that the outbreak of diseases such as leptospirosis, dengue fever and all other communicable diseases will be monitored. The project intends to update health status by monitoring cases of lifestyle diseases, she said.

Dr. Neena said the laboratory facilities in the hospitals would be upgraded to improve efficiency of lab technicians.

This, she said, would ensure early detection of the diseases. A control unit with the DMO as its nodal officer has been functioning as part of the implementation of the project, she added.

The control unit included employees working on contract and a reporting unit, she said.

The DMO said that mechanisms to facilitate reporting of diseases from all parts of the district had been put into place as part of the first phase of the project. The network system ensured the availability of health status data from all the hospitals in the district, Dr. Neena added.

Besides monitoring communicable diseases, awareness programmes on lifestyle diseases such as blood pressure, diabetes and heart diseases as well as on diseases such as AIDS and Hepatitis B will be conducted as part of the project.