Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar on Thursday flagged off 160 Nilavembu Kudineer vehicles apart from mobile medical teams and fogging teams as part of dengue prevention and control measures, from Government Multi Super-Speciality Hospital at the Omandurar Estate.
After flagging off the vehicles, the Minister said that the department has aimed reduce the mortality due to dengue as well as bring down the number of cases. Awareness drives would also be conducted on how to prevent the disease, he added.
“Door-to-door breeding checks and fever cases detection will be conducted by the mobile medical units in various districts. The drug controller has instructed the pharmacies not to sell medicines for fever without prescriptions. Thus, public should refrain from self-medication and visit the government hospitals in case they have fever. The hospitals are equipped with blood components and other facilities,” the Health Minister said.
There are about 3,000 cases of dengue in the State with more than 1,000 cases being reported in last one month. Majority of the cases were reported in Tiruvallur, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai and Thanjavur. As per Health department officials, at least three children have succumbed to the dengue this year.