Commissioner seeks unified efforts during IDCF

ITANAGAR, May 8: Commissioner (Home and law) GS Meena has called for unified efforts from all developing partner departments to ensure success of the ‘Intensified diarrhoea control fortnight’ (IDCF) from 29 May to 9 June, 2018.
Addressing the state level steering committee on the IDCF on Tuesday, Meena, who is also link officer to the Health and Family Welfare commissioner, suggested creating awareness and involving school students.
He asked the health department to work in close coordination with the PHE department to ensure that water borne diseases like diarrhoea are prevented. He also directed the deputy commissioners of all districts to lead the IDCF to ensure no diarrheal deaths occur in the state.
Underscoring the importance of ASHAs and anganwadi workers, he emphasised on mobilizing them in the best possible way and advocated for institutional and door-to-door interpersonal communication to create awareness on the illness.
NHM Mission Director Dr Tapasya Raghav elaborated on the IDCF activities to be undertaken during the fortnight. Some primary activities would include generating awareness, diarrhoea management service, like provision of ORS zinc corner, ORS distribution and maximum promotion of hand washing technique, sanitation and safe drinking water.
She also informed that to ensured success of the IDCF, mapping of the area would be held and flood-affected areas would be given special focus. Special drives will be undertaken for difficult terrains, she added.
Family Welfare Director K Legu requested the stakeholders and all the development partner departments to extend their full support and provide all the necessary data and service to achieve 100 percent success.
The meeting was attended by all the development partner departments of education, women and child development and PHE.