Valpoi, Goa: An advocacy meeting to intensify safety measure on Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD), also called monkey fever was held on Friday at Community Health Centre in Valpoi, Goa. Different stake holders discussed the effective measures to prevent the spread of disease in Sattari taluka.
KFD, a viral, haemorrhagic fever spreads through infected ticks. Monkeys that are exposed to the infected ticks contract the disease hence called as monkey fever. People living in jungle areas are more prone to this ailment.
In 2015, when the disease was first detected in Goa, 28 cases tested positive and it was limited to the Sattari taluka. Three deaths and 284 cases were reported in 2016 in the state.
Although this year the incidence of KFD has gone down and only 88 cases have been reported from Nov 2016 to May 2017.
While stressing the collective efforts from all departments, Medical Officer of CHC Valpoi Dr Abhijit Wadkar said that 10,000 people of the Sattari taluka have been vaccinated till the date. He also urged villagers to immediately report any incident of dead monkey to the forest department or contact the call center.
“Our department is tracking every monkey death, as soon we find any dead monkey with all precautionary measures it gets dispose immediately. This year we found six dead monkeys in KFD affected areas like Hivrem and Guleli”. Says Prakash Salelkar, RFO Wildlife Sanctuary, Mhadei.
Health Officer Dr Gajanan Naik said, “No positive KFD cases were reported till date for this season and our vaccination drives are on full swing. Health department is in process of procuring DMP tick repellant oil and we expect to get five thousand bottles of it”.
Valpoi Manipal Center Unit Head Akib Shaikh and other representatives from different Government departments were present for the meeting.