Inundated paddy fields and stagnated water pose danger
The Health Department has focused its attention on vector control measures in addition to the immunisation programmes to prevent outbreak of epidemics particularly in the aftermath of the recent unseasonal rains in the current summer season.
Inundated paddy fields and stagnated water in the areas affected by the recent untimely rains posed a potential danger of outbreak of epidemics as they harbour mosquitoes.
The viral fevers and various other seasonal ailments have taken their toll on the public health mainly in the Agency areas in the last couple of months. The magnitude of the potential threat posed by the epidemics can be gauged from the fact that an ASHA health volunteer died of viral fever at Bhagawannaik Tanda, a tribal hamlet, in Enkur mandal about a week ago.
In this backdrop, the officials of the District Medical and Health Department have initiated specific measures to control vectors in the form of creating awareness among the general public on preventive steps to keep the mosquitoes at bay and also the significance of immunisation like vaccination against Japanese Encephalitis.
“We have vaccinated about 5.60 lakh children in the age group of 1-15 years against Japanese Encephalitis in the district so far,” said the District Immunisation Officer P. Mohan Rao.
Speaking to The Hindu, he said that focus has been laid to vaccinate the remaining more than one lakh targeted children during the current summer. “Instructions have been issued to the officers concerned to implement vector control measures along with the vaccination programme to effectively prevent epidemics,” he said.
“Meetings involving the health workers at the PHC level have been conducted to effectively disseminate information on the steps to check breeding of mosquitoes,” said the Addl. D M & H O, Bhadrachalam, T.V. Sesha Reddy.
“This apart, we have stepped up surveillance and vector control activities as a precautionary measure to prevent epidemics,” he said.