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    Health Minister Reviews Flood Preparedness; Exhorts States to Ensure Inter-Sectoral Coordination

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    Health Minister Reviews Flood Preparedness; Exhorts States to Ensure Inter-Sectoral Coordination

    In the face of floods in Assam and the possibility of floods in more states as the monsoon rains advance, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday reviewed the levels of preparedness for prevention and control of vector borne diseases with 13 high burden states.

    After weeks of floods hitting Assam and ahead of the monsoon season, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday reviewed the preparedness for the prevention and control of vector borne diseases with 13 high burden states through video conference.

    State governments participating in the video conference included the state governments of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tripura, Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Tamil Nadu.

    The health minister’s review meeting also came within hours of the meteorological department issuing a yellow alert for rain at Dehradun, Bageshwar and Nainital districts of Uttarakhand from Friday till July 10. The meteorologists’ alert also cautioned of the possibility of heavy rain at isolated places in Pauri and Nainital districts on Saturday.

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    Mandaviya exhorted the state governments to ensure inter-sectoral coordination and work closely with other related departments such as Urban Development, Rural Development and water and sanitation.

    The minister urged states to launch a jan abhiyaan to engage citizens and communities to ensure that their homes, premises and neighbourhoods are free of mosquitoes. The states were also advised to involve Ayushman Bharat – Health and Wellness Centres for notification of cases, case management and ensuring community engagement.

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