AGARTALA, July 3 � With the deadly malaria spreading to newer areas, the Tripura Government has decided to press choppers into service to tackle the situation in far-flung areas, official sources said here today.
Keeping in mind the prevailing situation in some tribal hamlets, the district administration has decided to send special medical teams to some �vulnerable� hamlets to provide best possible treatment to the malaria patients, said District Magistrate of North district Sanjiv K Rathod over phone from Dharmanagar on Thursday.
He said CMO Dhalai Dr Sanjoy Biswas has been asked to coordinate the entire plan of organising medical camps in malaria ravaged areas including Sakhan Shermoon area in Kanchanpur subdivision.
The DM said, �The situation is under control with doctors and health workers organising health camps in the malaria-affected areas�. The special medical team which will come from Agartala, is supposed to conduct special medical camps for four days starting Friday.
Besides North district, the special medical team would also conduct medical camps in some remote pockets of Dhalai district to contain malaria. They would be sent there by chopper. Among eight districts in the State, Dhalai is the worst malaria affected district.
The government has sought anti-malaria medicines in bulk from the Central Government after the stock is getting exhausted due to unabated malaria outbreak.
Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, who held a review meeting, has asked the Ministers and top Health department officials to supervise the situation constantly in order to tackle the situation.
Blood samples of 9,136 patients were examined yesterday, out of which 1,435 patients tested positive. Today, a total of 672 malaria patients have got admitted in government hospitals, according to official sources.
Medicines Sans Frontiers, an internal NGO has extended help to contain malaria which has already claimed 60 lives.
As part of precautionary measures, the government has asked all the doctors and medical staff to strictly follow treatment protocol while treating malaria patients.