Review the situation once a week: Deputy Commissioner
The district administration has directed the Health and Family Welfare Department and the city municipality to conduct a joint drive to contain the spread of dengue and malaria in the district.
Chairing a meeting of the district Health and Family Welfare officials and the city municipality here on Saturday, Deputy Commissioner V. Anbukkumar said there had been reports of the spread of malaria and dengue in some parts of the district. A few children had died of suspected dengue recently. The departments concerned should initiate action to contain the spread of these diseases and maintain proper sanitation in both urban and rural areas.
Venkatesh Naik, District Health Officer, said that in a recent investigation the department had identified 158 cases, including 102 in Raichur city, of suspected dengue. Of this, 14 cases that were reported from private hospitals in the city were positive. The Deputy Commissioner said the department should take the help of the city municipality to contain the spread of malaria and dengue. Officials handling the control of malaria, however, should not be diverted for other purposes.
The department should utilise funds available with the gram panchayat while taking measures to contain the spread of the diseases in rural areas.
He said that the district administration should be prepared to handle cases of dengue by extending necessary treatment to the needy in the government hospitals.
The department should review the situation once a week, he said.