Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: The incidence of fever suspected to be due to chikungunya is on the decline in the State in general and Cherthala in particular. This was the conclusion of a review meeting of officials of the Health Department held under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary John Mathai in the Secretariat on Monday.

According to figures released at the meeting, the number of fever-affected persons on October 5 and 9 in the various districts was as follows: Thiruvananthapuram - none and nine, Kollam - five and 19, Alappuzha - 3,335 and 2,477, Kottayam - six and three, Idukki - two and one, Wayanad -none, Ernakulam - 109 and 76, Thrissur - 12 and one, Palakkad - 21 and 14, Malappuram - one and one, Kozhikode - none and Kannur - none and two. Two persons who were afflicted with fever in Kasaragod had since been cured.

A team of doctors under an Additional Director of Health was camping in station following reports of fever in Mavelikara and Kayamkulam. Principal Health Secretary Biswas Mehta was camping in Cherthala and giving the lead for the treatment.

Meanwhile, the district health authorities put into place a preventive machinery and a control room which would attend to the needs of the chikugunya-affected places of Alappuzha district round the clock.

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