09-APR-2014: The Department of Community Medicine, JN Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University organized a programme to mark the World Health Day 2014. The theme of the program was Vector-borne diseases, Small Bite-Big Threat. The programme aimed at generating awareness regarding vector borne diseases, especially malaria and dengue, and educate people of measures for prevention. Based on this year's theme, a poster campaign and exhibition on "Bed nets with various vectors" were organized at the JN Medical College central lawn.
Inaugurating the program, Professor Zulfia Khan said that a large number of people get infected and die of malaria, which is one of the greatest tragedies of the 21st century. She said that more than half of the world's population is at risk of getting infected with these diseases on account of increased travel, trade and migration making more and more people vulnerable.
Professor M Athar Ansari said that vectors like mosquitoes, flies, and fleas transmit pathogens and parasites from one infected person (or animal) to another, which causes Vector-borne diseases in human population. He added that these are commonly found in tropical areas and places where access to safe drinking-water and sanitation systems is problematic. He further informed that Vector-borne diseases account for 17% of the estimated global burden of all infectious diseases. He also pointed out that fastest growing vector-borne disease is dengue, with a 30-fold increase in disease incidence over the last 50 years.
Professor Najam Khalique said that we can protect ourselves and our families from these disease by taking simple measures that include sleeping under a bed net, wearing a long-sleeved shirt and trousers and using insect repellent.
Dr M Tabish Khan, Dr Tanveer Alam Ansari and Junior residents presented various facts and aspects related to these diseases. Various activities were also carried out at Urban Health Training Centre (UHTC) and Rural Health Training Centre (RHTC) Jawan.
Professor DK Agarwal, Professor MM Singh (Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi), Professor Jamal Masood (King George Medical University, Lucknow), Dr Salman Khalil, Dr Anees Ahmad, Dr Saira Mehnaz, Dr Uzma Eram, Dr M Salman Shah, Dr Ali Jafar Abedi, Dr Suboohi Afzal, all senior and junior residents and interns and undergraduate students attended the programme.
The programme concluded with a pledge "to win the fight against malaria"