Staff Correspondent

Nearly five to six cases being reported every day at the district civil hospital

Raichur: The District Civil Hospital has geared up to handle malaria cases following reports of cases in some parts of the district.

District Surgeon T.M. Nagaraj told presspersons here on Monday that the malaria cases, especially in Deodurga taluk, had been on the rise for the past one month. Nearly five to six cases of malaria were being reported daily at the district civil hospital. But so far, the disease had not claimed any lives in the district.

Mr. Nagaraj said that the hospital had tested the blood samples of about 54 patients suspected to be suffering from the disease. Of these, five had been proved to be malaria.

At present, ten patients suspected to be afflicted with malaria have been admitted to the hospital.

The hospital has provided a separate ward with 13 beds to handle malaria cases and stocked sufficient medicines, he said. He said that only two cases of chikungunya were reported in August there were no reports of incidence of dengue fever in the district.

Mental health

On the World Mental Health programme in the district, Mr. Nagaraj said that the department, in cooperation with the District and Family Welfare Department, had finalised a week-long programme from October 4. On the inaugural day, District Session Judge Radhakrishna Holla will inaugurate a jatha, which will commence from the district civil hospital and conclude at the office of the District Health and Family Welfare. It will spread awareness regarding the steps to be taken to reduce mental stress.

Conference

A conference on the topic, "Superstitious beliefs and mental health," will be held at the conference hall of the District Indian Medical Association. Eminent psychiatrists would speak on the occasion, he added.

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