841 cases reported on Sunday; hospitals struggling
Kozhikode: The district authorities, on Sunday, launched a disease prevention drive in all panchayat areas to contain the spread of fever.
The campaign aims to spread awareness of the need to maintaining clean surroundings, chlorinate water, prevent mosquito-breeding and treat fever.
As many as 841 fever cases were reported in the district on Sunday, much lower than the 2,588 on Saturday. The District Medical Office attributed the drop to limited outpatient registrations on a holiday.
Five chikungunya cases have been reported in the district, four from Puthupadi and one from Balussery, which also has a Hepatitis-A (jaundice) case.
The officials fear that the fever outbreak may intensify, and urged people to keep their surroundings clean.
A team of the panchayat president, the panchayat secretary and the medical officer of the primary health centre are supervising the drive at the panchayat level. The panchayat member, a junior public health nurse and a junior health inspector head the ward-level activities.
A ward is divided into four zones, each under one squad headed by either a teacher in a local school or an anganwadi worker. The squads went door to door, spreading awareness of the preventive measures and distributing leaflets.
District panchayat president K.P. Kunhammedkutty said the rural primary health centres were finding it hard to cope with the fever outbreak. He asked people to see the spurt in fevers as a disaster and cooperate with the drive. He said the health preparations for this year’s rainy season had been delayed by the Lok Sabha elections.
“On Saturday, almost a 1,000 people came for treatment and consultation at the Kuttiyadi primary health centres, which has facilities to treat a maximum of 200 people daily. Even private hospitals are stretched to the limits,” Mr. Kunhammedkutty said.
He said than an added problem is that medical staff also were falling sick.
Not many in city
B. Soman, Corporation Health Supervisor, said the fever outbreak had not spread to the city.
“We had conducted medical camps, done chlorination [of water sources] and taken prompt action wherever an outbreak was reported,” he said.
The Beach Hospital in the city reported 52 patients seeking treatment for fever on Sunday compared to 48 on Saturday and 62 on Friday.