Malaria claims two lives in Noney

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TAMENGLONG, June 08: Amidst combating covid-19, atleast two persons died and three more people are sick due to Plasmodium falciparum Malaria (Cerebral Malaria) or pf in Okoklong village under Nungba Sub- Division of Noney District.

The deceased persons were identified as Chamthailiu 16 year’s old daughter of Kajaigai. She died on June 4. Another woman Lanchungreiliu Rongmei 39 years old wife of Lungaini died today. She attended and nursed former patient Chamthailiu.

The three patients were tested positive of Plasmodium falciparum Malaria. One patient has been taken to Imphal for treatment and there also reportedly tested positive of Plasmodium falciparum Malaria.

District Malaria Officer Noney Dr Zianthuilung Kamei said that on hearing about the incident, doctor team has rushed to Okoklong village. Out of 46 people blood tested, 2 cases of Plasmodium falciparum Malaria was detected till filling of this report.

He informed that he had informed village chairmen and pastors to announce in the loud speaker that any body found fever should be test with malaria.

In the meantime, chief medical officer Noney district Dr Edwin Golmei stated that Plasmodium falciparum Malaria (Cerebral Malaria) or pf is human killer diseases. It attacks the brain and it will unconscious and the sick patient died very fast.

He informed that the district malaria department along with state malaria department is preparing for fogging to kill the malaria carrier mosquito in Okoklong village tomorrow.

Meanwhile Okoklong village told Imphal Free Press that they were shocked by the incident of killing two persons and leaving three patients sick with same symptoms.

During the time of pandemic COVID-19, Okoklong village had faced scary and trauma by the incident. Those attended and nursed the sick patient who also died later observed that they were sick for 13/14 days.

He recalled that in 1998, epidemic of Plasmodium falciparum Malaria was spread across his village and 6 people were killed, he added.

It may be mentioned that Plasmodium Vivax Malaria is milder form. After a gap of 4 to 5 years this time Plasmodium falciparum Malaria re-appeared again in Manipur. It is most likely that it could be due to mass influx to Manipur from other prevalent states of India.