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There had been no health emergencies so far, says District Medical Officer

KOCHI: With no chikungunya and only six Dengue fever reported this season, the District Health authorities had no major headaches so far this season. Over the last two months, the number of fever cases has increased but not to an alarming state, said K.T. Remani, District Medical Officer (DMO).

On an average, around 700 fever cases are being reported at the government health institutions in the district. This season, there had been no health emergencies so far, said Dr. Remani. But the department is prepared to meet any challenge, she said.

One death due to Dengue fever and three due to leptospirosis have been reported in the district, according to data provided by the DMO’s office.

Slight increase

A physician at the General Hospital said that there had been a slight increase in the number of fever cases, but it had been normal during the season. A paediatrician at a Taluk hospital also said that there had been no alarming increase in fever cases.

“We are regularly monitoring the vector index in the district and are organising awareness classes and seminars. Dry day observances to keep the environment free of mosquito-breeding sources are also organised,” said the DMO.

Though the cooperation of the public is most important in maintaining a hygienic and clean atmosphere, the regular awareness campaigns, coupled with help from the local bodies, have yielded some good results. The outbreak of hepatitis in two places — in Vengola and Piravom — was effectively controlled, she said.

The Anti-diarrhoeal Week observance began on Monday, said the DMO. “We are conducting workshops in diarrhoea-prone areas, especially in the coastal zones. Wherever there is water-logging, diarrhoeal diseases are feared.

With the downpour increasing in strength, the Health authorities are on alert to contain such problems, said Dr. Remani.

The vector index was high in many areas, but no disease outbreak had been reported. The health workers had conducted many awareness programmes in all such places, she added. Since the monsoon has set in, the vector index would have come down too, the DMO said.

Fever outbreak

Over the last three years, chikungunya fever had affected a vast majority of the people making the Health authorities sit up and take action against the rising fever, which was not life-threatening, but increased the morbidity leaving many temporarily crippled with joint pains. Dengue fever and leptospirosis were the other diseases that that left a death toll.

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