With the incidence of fever cases on the rise, the district administration has launched a comprehensive anti-dengue drive across the district. The drive has been intensified after the death of G. Vaishnavi, 9, of Ezhur Colony near here on Saturday.
She died of dengue after being admitted to the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital in Tiruchi. Besides the officials of public health department, officials of municipalities, town panchayats and rural development have also been roped in to create awareness on dengue and destroying the breeding grounds of mosquitoes. A special scheme has been put in place for all the eight blocks, 11 town panchayats and two municipalities such as Karur and Kulithalai for taking anti-dengue measures. Collector T. Anbalagan said, that there has been a change in climatic condition since the start of north-east monsoon. The district had recorded some rainy days in September too.
The period was considered as conducive for mosquito breeding. Hence, the officials of various departments including public health, rural development, revenue and municipal and town panchayats have been asked to carry out an intensive anti-dengue drive in their respective areas. All municipalities, town panchayats and village panchayts have been divided into six sectors so as to organise the drive in an efficient manner. Besides sanitary workers, domestic breeding checkers have been engaged in various local bodies for the anti-dengue drive. They would carry out door-to-door visit to destroy the breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The scheme has been prepared in such a way that the domestic breeding checkers visit all houses once in a week to check whether there were any mosquito breeding sources, Mr. Anbalagan said.Stressing the cooperation of people in dengue prevention measures, the Collector said that it was important for them to remove or destroy the sources of mosquito breeding.
Unwanted items such as tyres, coconut shells and discarded plastic carriers should be destroyed. The residents should keep their surroundings neat and clean. Mr. Anbalagan said that arrangements had been made to collect fever data from both government and private hospitals daily. Based on it, fever clusters were identified. Besides carrying out intensive campaign in affected areas, medical teams would visit the affected areas to screen the fever affected patients.
(source : The Hindu)