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Umling sees drastic drop in malaria and dengue

Oct 30, 2011

The number of people suffering from malaria and dengue in Umling Geog under Sarpang Dzongkhag has dropped drastically.

From January to October this year, the Umling basic health unit diagnosed and treated only four malaria patients.

The records show a steady fall in Malaria cases but this is the lowest figure in a ten month period over the last seven years.

Last year, the Basic Health Unit (BHU) detected 18 cases.

Health officials attributed the decrease to timely preventive measures and the efforts of the community action group.

Established last year, the community action group carries out numerous activities in the community on a monthly basis, cleaning and sweeping the roads, cutting down the bush, and clearing the clogged drains. They also educate the residents on health and hygiene, in particular the importance of keeping the surrounding clean to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

The use of treated mosquito nets has also contributed to the fall particularly this year. The hospital has distributed insecticide treated nets to Umling residents before the onset of the monsoon.

Umling Geog is three hours journey from Gelephu town.

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