An awareness campaign on the diseases, generally break out during the monsoon like dengue, malaria, and diarrhoea, will be launched throughout the State from Thursday.

The campaign will continue for a fortnight. Preparations for the campaign have been made in all the 30 districts of the State, according to State entomologist V. Nagbhusan Rao. Publicity vehicles have been named ‘Nidhi Budha Rath’. As per the plan, every block of the State will have one campaign vehicle apart from another district-level vehicle. The campaign vehicles are scheduled to be flagged off on Thursday.

This year the ‘Nidhi Budha Rath’ campaign vehicles will put extra stress on dengue infection which has started to rise alarmingly in several districts of the State, including Ganjam and Cuttack. Each of these campaign vehicles will also have a folk dance troupe attached to them. These folk dance troupes will create awareness regarding prevention of dengue and other diseases through simple means of sanitation and prevention. Apart from it, pamphlets and booklets on dengue will also be distributed.

On August 13 and 14, a massive cleanliness campaign has been planned throughout the State. The local elected representatives and the personnel of the departments concerned will be part of the Statewide cleanliness drive to increase public participation in the eradication of diseases like dengue and malaria which are related to rainy season.

Volunteers identified

According to Mr. Rao, around 2,000 volunteers have been identified throughout the State to become catalysts in the dengue eradication programme. There will be 196 volunteers be for Ganjam district, out of them 40 will be for Berhampur. Similarly there will be 120 volunteers each for Cuttack and Bhubaneswar cities.

For early detection of dengue cases, eight diagnostic centres are now operational in the State. They are located in the three government medical colleges in the State in Cuttack, Berhampur, Burla, the Capital hospital in Bhubaneswar, district hospitals of Koraput, Kalahandi, Sundergarh and Balasore districts.

Speaking on the trend of dengue infection in the State, Mr. Rao said out of total persons identified to be dengue positive, case history of around 30 per cent hinted that they have been infected at places outside their residence.

HEALTH MATTERS

The campaign to continue for a fortnight

More focus to be on prevention of dengue

Massive cleanliness campaign planned all over the State

Eight diagnostic centres are now operational in the State for detection of dengue cases