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Vector Control Operations to Deal with Malaria

Although India had some successes in controlling malaria from the time of independence, it still faces a substantial socio-economic burden from this disease. This paper presents a case study of a highly endemic primary health centre with an annual parasite incidence of 30.9 in the tribal regions of Andhra Pradesh. It reviews the various operations involved in vector control methods like bed nets, insecticide spraying and anti-larval operations. Based on the data available with the health functionaries and household level surveys, it makes operational suggestions to improve the efficacy of control measures. It finds that the current focus is heavily skewed towards surveillance for malaria-affected patients with inadequate attention for vector control methods of malaria prevention. Ensuring the adoption of vector control methods by the community will yield rich dividends in curtailing the malarial transmission process.

WHO: Opportunity for Change

Over the last few years the overwhelmingly techno-managerial approach of the WHO to public health has stalled the continuing gains being made especially in countries like India. With the current director-general of the WHO due to step down, is there likely to be a revival of the Alma Ata objectives?

Food Irradiation : BARC's Sales Mission

Difficult times demand desperate measures. The atomic energy department is trying its best to ‘sell’ a technology of questionable public value – irradiation for preservation of food. Early this week, BARC scientists donned unfamiliar garb – as consumer educators. At the Mumbai Press Club they attempted to garner support for irradiated foods from the press in a time-tested manner. Journalists were treated to ‘upma’ and other fare which had been treated with/made from irradiated ingredients. Top scientists of the BARC, who are known for keeping their distance from the press, undertook this gastronomic enterprise in what is evidently a desperate attempt to swing public opinion on irradiated foods.

Tobacco : What about the Follow-Up?

The cabinet’s decision to present to parliament in the budget session a comprehensive bill controlling the marketing of tobacco products is in some ways a bold move. Laterally, it can in the weeks between now and the budget session easily become one of the least effective but high profile pieces of legislation to be passed by the current government.
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