Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president Ramesh Chennithala has urged Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan to directly handle the Health Department’s activities to tackle viral fever, chikungunya and dengue in the light of its failure to reach relief to the people.

In a letter to the Chief Minister, a copy of which was released to the press, Mr. Chennithala said the Government should issue orders to provide free rations to all those who came to ration shops with the out-patient tickets of Government and private hospitals. He urged the Government to consider a compensation of Rs.1 lakh to the families of those who had died of viral fever or chikungunya. The Government should extend financial assistance and free ration to those who had lost job days owing to the affliction.

He said the Health Department had failed to initiate follow-up action during the viral fever outbreak in the State last year. Mr. Chennithala said the United Democratic Front and the Congress had extended their support to the Government’s efforts to tackle the contagion. The lack of coordination between various departments had affected garbage removal and sanitation works, he said.