CHENNAI: The fever camps being conducted in the wake of rising cases of flu and Influenza in the State are seeing more number of cases among children and elderly. A total of 6,860 people have been tested at the camps and more than 1,798 people have been evaluated for the symptoms of fever, cold, cough and respiratory problems.
At least 1,000 fever camps have been set up to ensure testing and reporting of the cases of Influenza and provide adequate treatment to those affected. As many as 100 camps have been set up in Chennai and based on the reportage of the cases, the number of camps are to be increased by the department. Health department officials have said that if more than three cases are reported in a street, more camps will be set up in those areas.
"The identification of symptoms in high risk category people such as those below 5 years, those with comorbid conditions, those above 65 years and anyone with immuno compromised conditions is important. They need to be isolated immediately until the symptoms subside. We have the facilities of diagnosis at all government facilities and if required, the samples are being tested," said Dr P Sampath, joint director at Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine.
He emphasised on understanding the nutritional aspects and hygiene aspects in times of increased incidence of flu or seasonal influenza. The use of masks, sanitizers and hand washing is important to reduce the risk of infection in an individual and prevents the transmission. "It is important to take plenty of oral fluids, fruits and bland diet to assist easier recovery. However, unsystematic and high grade fever above 102 degree should be taken to the nearest government medical facility for further management," he added.
The fever camps are also being held in schools to identify the cases of flu or influenza among school students. Meanwhile, the doctors at the private hospitals stress on the vaccination against flu and say that high risk category can avoid the infection if vaccinated.
Dr P Krishnamoorthy, Senior Consultant and head of General Medicine, Meenakshi Mission Hospital & Research Centre, stated that vaccinations remain the most effective prevention strategy to maintain immunity for a prolonged period, but adult immunisation remains neglected. The protection from the vaccines given during childhood can diminish with age so vaccination against flu in young adults and elderly is important to keep the infection away. Adults can also infect children who are not yet fully immunised," he said.