World Malaria Day was observed today with a function organised by National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme Directorate of Health Services (DHS), Panaji, at Institute Menezes Braganza in Panaji.
Chief Guest on the occasion, Dr Rufino Monteiro, President of Indian Medical Association, spoke on the theme – “Harness innovation to reduce the Malaria disease burden and save lives”. He recalled earlier times how it was a challenge tackling Malaria in the State. Lauding the services of state health workers in bringing down Malaria cases through their hard work, he cautioned that we should not be complacent with our achievements at eliminating Malaria and urged all to be vigilant constantly.
Earlier, Dr Kalpana Mahatme, State Programme In-Charge, gave a presentation on Malaria in the State of Goa, where she spoke of the trends regarding the disease and how they were addressing it.
Present on the occasion were Director of DHS, Dr Geeta Kakodkar; Deputy Director of DHS, Dr Vandana Dhume; CMO, Dr Rupa Naik among others.
Prize winners of the online poster competition on Malaria eradication were felicitated. Health field workers, sanitary inspectors, were also felicitated for their outstanding and dedicated work.
Dr Nandini Korgaonkar proposed the vote of thanks. Shri Umesh Kholkar compered the function.