Staff Reporter

Condition of all patients fast improving: DMO

  • 15 suspected cases, 25 samples sent for analysis
  • Additional Rs.2 lakh sanctioned for control programmes

    THRISSUR: Steps are being taken to avert the spread of chikungunya in Thrissur in the wake of reports that some cases have been detected from different parts of the district.

    District Medical Officer (DMO) M.L. Rajagopal told The Hindu here that about 15 suspected cases of chikungunya have been reported in the district and out of them 10 were from Kunnamkulam and five from Cherpu areas. "But we have collected samples from 25 patients including from ten with undiagnosed fever and have sent them for tests to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, New Delhi," Dr. Rajagopal said.

    He disclosed that the condition of all the 15 patients, suspected to be suffering from chikungunya, was improving fast and they could be discharged from hospitals in a couple of days.

    The district administration and health authorities have chalked out a detailed action plan for the control of various infectious diseases. Personnel at the primary health centres (PHCs) and other Government hospitals have been directed to keep a close watch on the possible outbreak of any communicable disease.

    Awareness classes were being conducted at the panchayat, block and district levels and steps being taken to persuade people to launch sanitation measures on their residential premises and in public areas in their vicinity.

    Involvement of the volunteers of the `Kudumbasree,' `anganvadis' and some non-governmental organisations was being ensured in the drive against the communicable diseases. About 50 awareness classes will be conducted for the activists in the `Kudumbasree' on the steps to be taken, Dr. Rajagopal said.

    The State Government has sanctioned Rs.2 lakh, in addition to the Rs.4 lakh sanctioned earlier, for conducting programmes for preventing the outbreak in the district, he said.