Also on Tuesday, Health Minister C Vijaya Bhaskar flagged off 82 mobile healthcare units, each comprising both medical and mosquito control teams. Addressing mediapersons at the Government Multi Super Speciality Hospital here, Vijaya Bhaskar said: “Every year ahead of monsoon, there is a sharp rise in fever cases. However, steps are being taken to ensure the affected persons are treated and that the disease doesn’t spread.”
officials said that in places where more then three cases of fever have been reported, immediate steps are being taken to assess the patients and offer treatment to the affected persons. Fogging machines are also being deployed to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes, they added.
The Directorate of Public Health has established a 24-hour control room. “Fever cases can be reported at the control room and affected persons will be directed accordingly for treatment and diagnosis,” a source said.
College student dies
A Tamilarasan (19), a second year student of a government college in Udumalpet and residing at Chinnakampalayam near Dharapuram in Tirupur district, died due to dengue at the Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) on Tuesday. He was down with severe fever over the last few days.
Source detection drive in Tiruchy
In an effort to prevent mosquito breeding at the source, the district administration on Tuesday launched a campaign. As many as 175 teams comprising a total of 600 health department staff went around several residential areas in the city.
Battle against the deadly bite
- 82 mobile healthcare units flagged off. The units comprise medical and mosquito control teams
- According to Health Department sources, over 20,000 personnel have been roped in to respond to health problems across the districts
- In places where more then three cases of fever have been reported, immediate steps are being taken to assess the patients and offer treatment
- While GHs and PHCs stock up medicines, herbal concoctions like Nilavembu Kudineer and papaya leaf juice have also been kept ready
- Number of centres to diagnose dengue through the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) method has been increased to 125
- The Directorate of Public Health has established a 24-hour control room