Mysore

Action plan ready for dengue, chikungunya, malaria

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

DENGUE    382
CHIKUNGUNYA    111
MALARIA    34

JANUARY – MAY 2016
DENGUE    118
CHIKUNGUNYA    44
MALARIA    15

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.

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