81 confirmed cases in Kasaragod district, says DMO

Alarmed at the rising incidence of dengue fever cases in the district, the district administration has decided to relocate the wholesale fish market at Kanhangad to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in the polluted water around the market place.

There are 81 confirmed cases of dengue besides 140 suspected cases in the district, a virus disease spread by aedes mosquito, District Medical Officer (DMO) P. Gopinath said on Wednesday.

The authorities’ action comes in the light of two deaths, including that of a youth identified as Akhish, a native of Irikkur in Kannur, working at an automobile workshop at Puthiyakotta in Kanhangad, in the district.

The majority of dengue cases had been reported form Madikkai, Ajanur and the Pullur-Periye panchayat, the DMO said. At an emergency meeting chaired by Collector P.S. Mohammed Sagir at the Collectorate on Wednesday, it was decided to temporarily relocate the fish market at Kottachery in Kanhangad to Punchavi to avoid accumulation of waste water around the market.

The garbage from the fish market and the water accumulated around the place were cited as reasons for the proliferation of mosquitoes.

The meeting decided to relocate the market till alternative arrangements are made for the wholesale fish market.

The meeting was attended, among others, by Sub-Collector S. Venkitapathi, Additional District Magistrate H. Dineshan, Mr. Gopinath, and Kanhangad Municipal Chairperson Hasina Thajuddin.

The meeting also decided to launch a cleanliness drive in building complexes housing migrant labourers. The authorities will inspect the buildings to ensure hygiene is maintained.

Health Department workers are engaged in fogging and spraying of chemicals to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in water-logged localities.

  • 140 suspected cases in the district

  • Fsh market at Kanhangad to

    be relocated