The State health department has issued an advisory to all government hospitals on the prevention and control of water borne diseases across the Tamil Nadu following heavy rainfall in various parts of the State. Officials claimed that there is a higher risk of water borne diseases spreading after the rains.
Pediatrics at the Institute of Child Health said that they have been witnessing an increase in the number of pneumonia and diarrhea cases among children after the recent spate of rain.
“Children easily fall victim to food allergies, diarrhoea and other infections that are caused by contaminated water. It is therefore, necessary to ensure that the water used for drinking and cooking is clean and free of any germs,” said Dr Mohan Kumar, paediatrician, Institute of Child Health. He added that they have been receiving three-four new cases every week, the number, however, is likely to rise.
The Directorate of Public Health has pooled in medical staff to carry out chlorination and awareness campaigns. “The cases of dengue have reduced considerably in most of the districts. The department is now focusing on chlorination of water, food safety precautions and awareness programmes are being held to ensure prevention of any outbreak caused by water borne diseases,” said Dr K Kolandaisamy, Public Health Director.