The Medical and Health Department has taken its first step towards a major crackdown on dengue fever by intending to cover a population of 25 lakh residents of Chittoor district. The officials have announced that they will distribute homeopathic drugs throughout the district in the next seven to ten days, starting from Madanapalle.

Homeopathic drugs are said to have better preventive qualities when compared to allopathic drugs. In fact, the recent swine flu attack in Kurnool district was contained in less than a fortnight after the mass distribution of a homeopathic medicine.

Taskforce formed

The Department of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) has formed a taskforce with district programme co-ordinator Murali Babu, which will ensure the distribution of the drug to every nook and corner of Chittoor district. “We formally launched the event at Madanapalle on Monday, with a team of 40 doctors going for a house-to-house survey, both to create awareness as well as distribute the drugs,” said K.V. Ramana, Regional Deputy Director (Rayalaseema), Department of AYUSH.

The department will work in close tandem with the district medical and health staff to ensure better outreach.