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Panaji, April 22, 2020

                                                                                      Vaisakha 2, 1941



April 25 is observed as World Malaria Day every year. It globally focuses on raising awareness on the Malaria Elimination efforts. This year theme for World Malaria Day is “Zero Malaria Starts with Me”.

Vector-Borne Diseases like Malaria are likely to increase with the increase in temperature and intermittent rain showers, resulting in favorable mosquito breeding conditions, especially in the areas with poor sanitation and unsafe water storage practices.

Hence, the National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme, Directorate of Health Services has appealed the public to get rid of unwanted water-holding receptacles in and round their houses and to avoid water stagnation. So also all the water storing containers as well as overhead tanks should be covered with mosquito-proof lids and also to make use of mosquito repellants/mosquito nets to avoid mosquito bites.

Any person suffering from acute febrile illness may contact the nearest health center for diagnosis and treatment of Vector-Borne Diseases. It is suggested to follow medical advice and prevent any self-medication.

All the Vector-Borne Diseases being notifiable diseases in the State of Goa, any such cases detected at Private Labs/Private Practitioners and Hospitals should be informed to the local Health centers for timely and appropriate control measures.