Health Checkup After 28 Yrs: C’garh Team Walks 15KM To Reach Bastar Village, Finds 70% Population Suffering From Malaria

Under ambitious Malaria-free Bastar Campaign, Health Department’s team is going all the way to remote far-flung areas to provide malaria diagnosis test and treatment facilities. Health Department’s team walked around 15 Kms on a hilly path to reach remote village Gogunda of Konta block in Sukma district for malaria test.

The team held three-day check-up camp in the village and did malaria test of 856 individuals, out of which 587 were diagnosed with malaria and were provided immediate medical treatment. They were given ACT-kit and primaquin tablets. At the camp, 87 children were vaccinated. The team also distributed mosquito nets to villagers.

The team of Health department conducting malaria test in village

Gogunda people informed that health department team has visited their village after 28 years. Under Malaria-free Bastar Campaign, 15 members of the department’s team reached the village on January 28. The path to the village was extremely difficult, so the team members had to travel 15 Kms on motorcycle from Samsetti village to Pariya-Gadgadpara, but there was no pathway further to ride motorcycle, so they had to walk nearly 15 Kms on a hilly path to reach Gogunda village. Team members kept encouraging each other all the way to go on despite the difficulties.

Villagers with health team

The team included District Programme Officer Rohit Sharma, Konta Block Medical Officer Dr Kapil Dev Kashyap, Chirayu Team’s Dr Ved Prakash, Rural Medical Assistant (RMA) and Supervisor. They were accompanied by Gogunda Sarpanch, Secretary and Aanganbadi workers, who showed them the way to village.

Member of health team marking house of village as ‘diagnosed’

During the three-day camp in Gogunda, when the health department team fell short of the test kits, then ANM and two Mitanins of Samsetti Sub-Health Centre travelled nearly 30 Kms on motorcycle and by walking to bring the kits required at the camp.

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