A separate outpatient facility for fever patients has been earmarked at some of the government hospitals in the district including the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital here to fast track detection and treatment of dengue.

The separate facility will ensure fever patients and those with possible symptoms of dengue are identified and treated promptly without wasting time in the routine outpatient queues.

The medical college government hospital here has adequate medicines and platelets for blood transfusion, Collector Jayashree Muralidharan has noted in a press release issued recently. She has appealed to the public, particularly children, pregnant women, and elderly people, to report any indications of fever promptly.

In case of dengue, treatment at the early stage would ensure full recovery. Separate outpatient facilities have been established in other government hospitals in the district that see more than 400- 500 outpatients a day, according to T.Selvaraj, joint director, Health Services.

24-hour control room

An exhibit has been put up at the collectorate here on how dengue spreads. The model shows a house with clean premises and a number of items such as coconut shells that are possible breeding sites for mosquitoes. Apart from door-to-door visits and media campaigns, the district administration has embarked on making visual presentations in villages to create awareness of spread of dengue.

Keeping all water containers closed is the only way to prevent breeding of dengue causing mosquitoes is the primary message. The dengue-causing mosquitoes breed not in sewage but in fresh water collected in tyres, plastic cups, flower pots, and garbage. Even egg shells and water trays in refrigerators should be paid attention to, the district administration has noted.

A mass cleaning campaign under the helm of local representatives has been launched throughout the district on Monday and will run through the week. The Collector has appealed to government employees and public to participate in the campaign and eliminate breeding sources of dengue mosquitoes. A 24-hour control room for emergency response to dengue-elated queries can be contacted over 0431-2333112, 88256 89923.