Special Correspondent

Rs.1.22 crore released to tackle the two diseases

357 chikungunya cases reported in State so far

BANGALORE: The Government has constituted an expert committee to recommend ways to deal with outbreaks of vector-borne chikungunya and dengue in the State.

Minister for Health and Family Welfare B. Sriramulu on Tuesday took stock of the spread of the two diseases in Bangalore city and in various districts and told presspersons that the committee would look into the reasons for the spread of the diseases and submit a report, which would help the Government find ways to control the diseases.

Funds released

The Government released Rs. 1.22 crore recently to tackle chikungunya and dengue.

Seven cases of chikungunya have been reported in Bangalore and 350 cases from other parts of the State. Local bodies have been instructed to take precautionary measures to control the spread of the two diseases, he said.

Dengue claims life

One person with dengue died in Gadag district, while chikungunya has not caused any death. Medical teams have been working round the clock in Srirampuram in Bangalore city to combat chikungunya, he said.

Officials of the Health Department said six independent teams drawn from private medical colleges were already on the job as part of the effort to control the chikungunya outbreak in Dakshina Kannada district.

The Minister said he would visit K.C. General Hospital in Malleswaram here once in 15 days and supervise its functioning.

Helpdesks to be set up

With the involvement of non-governmental organisations, helpdesks would be set up in hospitals to help people file complaints about poor service and misbehaviour of medical staff.

A separate cell would be set up at the State level to register complains on the telephone. A box would also be kept in hospitals into which patients could drop their written complaints, Mr. Sriramulu said.

Health Department Secretary M. Madan Gopal and Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike Commissioner S. Subramanya were present.