Lanjigarh: The Vedanta Hospital launched the Malaria Control Programme to mark the National Doctors’ Day on Monday here.
The programme will focus on six core gram panchayats (GPs) – Lanjigarh, Basantpada, Jagannathpur, Chhatrapur, Champadeipur and Baterlima – having 15 middle and high residential schools.
Around 20 doctors from both from Government and private sectors participated in the event.
District Malaria Officers of Rayagada and Kalahandi – Dr BL Prushty and Dr Nihar Kumar Panda – launched the initiative.
The main objective of the programme was to reduce malaria from six GPs of Lanjigarh block in Kalahandi district in near future.
Speaking on the occasion, Vedanta Aluminium, Lanjigarh COO Rakesh Mohan said that, “The company seeks to drive the importance of health and sanitation across the region and is committed to the fight against malaria and other seasonal ailments. This can be achieved through scaling-up prevention and control measures along with sustained efforts for reliable case-detection through robust surveillance, sustained investments for better case management through testing, treating and tracking.”
Dr Salil Kumar Parida and Dr Chinmaya Pani of Bhubaneswar-based Apollo Hospital also graced the event.
The intent was to synergise efforts by various stakeholders, mobilise resources and galvanise the community into action to eradicate malaria at the grassroots level, said Mohan. The programme was aimed to empower individuals and communities to protect themselves from malaria and other seasonal diseases through campaigns, competitions and cleanliness drives, he added.