‘Department has taken extensive measures to check the spread of the disease’

There have been two confirmed dengue cases and 40 suspected cases in the district so far, District Health and Family Welfare Officer N.M. Angadi has said.

Speaking at the district-level meeting of the Department of Health and Family Welfare here on Tuesday, Dr. Angadi said the situation was under control. There was no fear of dengue and chikungunya spreading with the onset of the monsoon.

He said that there had been six suspected chikungunya cases so far but none of the blood samples had tested positive for the disease.

‘Measures taken’

Dr. Angadi said the department had taken extensive measures to check the spread of dengue in the district. There was special focus on creating awareness among people, especially in rural areas and slums. Awareness programmes were being held in villages and at the ward-level. Special meetings on precautionary measures that people should take were also conducted in schools, community halls, gram panchayat office and other public places, he said.

Zilla panchayat Chief Executive Officer P.A. Meghannavar, who chaired the meeting, instructed the officials to ensure that disease did not spread in the district during the monsoon.

Taluk Health and Family Welfare officers, medical officers from primary health centres and programme implementation officers took part in the meeting.

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