`Funds were sanctioned to purchase fogging machines and medicines'
Workshop on how to treat and check the spread of chikungunya organised Need for educating people in rural areas on ways to contain the disease stressed
DAVANGERE: Chief Executive Officer of the Davangere Zilla Panchayat Jitendra Naik has criticised the Health Department for failing to take steps to contain chikungunya in the district. He said the department did not purchase fogging machines and medicines though funds had been sanctioned. It had been directed to purchase two lakh paracetamol tablets to be distributed to those affected.
Speaking at a workshop on how to treat and check the spread of chikungunya, organised by the Health Department here on Friday, Mr. Naik said workshops such as these should be held in rural areas instead of urban centres such as Davangere. He said rural people, particularly farmers, were susceptible to this disease as they worked on the fields. Mr. Naik said all gram panchayats in the district were given permission to purchase fogging machines. Steps to check the breeding of mosquitoes could have been taken under the National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme.
Deputy Commissioner M.B. Dyaberi said people in rural areas should be educated on ways to contain the spread of the disease. He urged the Health Department to create awareness among the people on the need for maintaining cleanliness.
Mr. Dyaberi said people in rural areas could not be expected to invest in mosquito nets and repellents. He called upon the zilla panchayat and the Health Department to buy mosquito nets and repellents and distribute them free of cost.
Presenting a paper on the disease, Kulkarni said it was a genetically mutated virus. People with chikungunya exhibit symptoms such as rashes, joint pain and fever, he added.
Nirmala Kesaree and Samboji Rao spoke.