Alarmed by the rising cases of dengue, chikungunya and malaria, the district administration and the health officials have geared up to tackle water-borne diseases with a series of awareness campaigns.
Cases of dengue are bound to see a spurt during rainy season and health officials are visiting slums, construction sites, schools, hospitals and other vulnerable areas to create awareness about mosquito-borne diseases and the precautionary measures needed.
Special teams including a Rapid Response Team (RRT) have been constituted to check disease outbreak. The team comprising five male health workers, a laboratory technician and a group D employee is visiting every place in the city and every remote village to undertake preventive measures.
Waterborne diseases reported in 2015 and 2016 in Mysuru district
JAN – DEC 2015
JANUARY – MAY 2016
The team will provide technical assistance to staff as well as local public on how to prevent outbreak of diseases. The team also takes steps including spraying and fumigation to kill mosquito larvae in sensitive areas. “Our aim is to prevent mosquitoes from breeding and the focus is on educating people about keeping their surroundings clean,” District Vector Borne Diseases Control Officer Dr S Chidambara told City Today.
The team is travelling around the district and asking the Mysuru City Corporation, municipalities and Panchayats to clear uncollected garbage, water logging and clogged UGD pipes that pose a greater health risk.
Dr Chidambara further said that a strong network with all the hospitals has been built through which positive case of dengue, chikungunya or malaria would be referred to the District Health Centre laboratory. “Our main agenda is to break the transition chain of the diseases from last year to this year. We are working effectively to ensure that there are less positive cases this year from the cases that were reported last year,” he said.
Besides, a team comprising Asha and ANMs, and staff from 145 Primary Healthcare Centres have also been roped in to clean up places where mosquitoes breed and also to educate villagers. They have been provided vector control training. Water samples are being collected from overhead tanks and public taps and sent to laboratories to ensure that it is clean.
Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water as old as one week and as less as five ml, says Dr Chidambara. He adds that majority of breeding instances were found from the sumps and tanks wherein water has been stored for more than a week. Stagnant water near houses and on empty sites are also perfect breeding grounds.
He further said that the mosquitoes fly only in the 200 metre radius of their breeding place and affect people in that area.
Citing an incident at Raghavendra Nagar, Dr Chidambara said many houses in the Central Excise Quarters were haven to mosquito breeding and his team visited all the houses in the quarters for inspection. “Mosquito larvae were found in the flower pots filled with water kept above the Ns and refrigerators,” he said.
Asked if there were any vulnerable areas in the city where the team is specially focusing on, Dr Chidambara said that waterborne diseases were not restricted to any specific areas and could out break from anywhere. He said that with the streamline of the controlling process areas like N R Constituency and Nachanahalli Palya where positive cases of dengue were more last year, have been reduced to very minimal this year.
MCC TAKES STOCK OF THE SITUATION
A special meeting to tackle the diseases was held at the MCC on Saturday. From the last six months – January to June – over 131 dengue cases has been reported in Mysuru District that includes 95 re- ports from Mysuru city alone. “Though various preventive measures have been taken, 55 cases have been reported from May to June 16,”
District Vector Borne Diseases Control Officer Dr S Chidambara said.
“Today most of the private hospitals conduct their own dengue tests that show positive reports and when we test the same samples in our laboratories, only 30% of those will be positive. These reports are causing a fear among the public,” he said.
MLA M K Somashekar, MCC Commissioner Dr C G Betsurmath, Corporators Jagadeesh, Shiva Kumar, M V Ramprasad, Mallesh and others were present.