Medical teams to visit areas that have high fever incidence

The Department of Health will, from Monday, deploy three teams of medical personnel to areas in the city which reported high incidence of viral fever.

The teams — comprising three doctors, two nurses, a pharmacist, and support staff — will concentrate on densely populated colonies in the city, including Karimadom Colony, Rajaji Nagar, and Karamana.

“Corporation councillors have been asked to identify areas where there is a surge in fever incidence. We will go to those spots, conduct check-ups, draw blood samples, and send them for laboratory testing,” District Medical Officer T. Peethambaran said here on Sunday. On Sunday, 22 fresh cases of viral fever were reported from 35 of the 110 hospitals run by the Health Department in the district. Of these 17 persons were admitted to various hospitals.

Lightning inspection

Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar has ordered the opening of three exclusive wards at the Medical College Hospital for treating those admitted with viral fever. The new building for the orthopaedic department which was nearing completion would be made available soon for those admitted with viral fever, he said. He was speaking after conducting a lightning inspection at the MCH on Sunday. Control rooms would be opened at all DMO offices. One had started functioning at Thiruvananthapuram.

Over the last few days there has been a reduction in the State-wide numbers of those with viral fever; on June 8 the figure was 6,406, on June 9, it was 4,026 and on June 10, it stood at 1,993, Mr. Sivakumar said. ‘Mosquito-free programmes' have been strengthened in the panchayats bordering Tamil Nadu. Widespread occurrence of viral fever in Kanyakumari district had driven up the fever figures in Thiruvananthapuram, he added.

Complaints abound

Meanwhile, Communist Party of India (Marxist) district secretary Kadakampally Surendran has said that treatment at major hospitals in the district — including at the MCH, General Hospital and those in Neyyattinkara, Nedumangad, Parassala, and Chirayinkeezhu — has been derailed due to acute shortage of doctors and other staff. In a press note issued here on Sunday, he said these hospitals did not even have sufficient medicine stock.

Communist Party of India leader C. Divakaran, who visited the Medical College Hospital on Sunday, said in a press note that hundreds of patients in wards 2, 3, 4, 16, 17 and 22 did not even have beds. Two patients who were in a serious condition were found lying on the floor, the press note said.