Staff Reporter

Cooperate with Four-Plus, a drive against dengue, chikungunya, malaria and rat fever: Collector

PATHANAMTHITTA: District Collector S. Lalithambika has sought cooperation of the people, health workers and government employees for the effective implementation of the year-long ‘Four-Plus’ campaign in the district.

The Collector was addressing a meeting of health workers and employees attached to the plantation sector in connection with the campaign here on Saturday.

She said the Health Department had launched the ‘Four-Plus’ campaign in an effort to prevent spread of dengue, chikungunya, malaria and leptospirosis in a time-bound manner.

Being a district with several rubber plantations, extra care should be taken to ensure foolproof vector-control drive, she said. Moreover, the district was badly hit by chikungunya infection two years ago. Vector control with active public participation was essential for the success of the programme.

The Collector said every household should keep the surroundings clean, leaving little room for rodents, mosquitoes and other flies to breed on. Every citizen should keep in mind that the cleanliness drive should begin from his own house premises.

The Collector said setting up of facilities for laboratory examinations and diagnosis and providing prompt treatment to the affected people, besides spreading proper awareness, were the priorities of the government in the ‘Four Plus’ drive.

Regular monitoring of the vector indices could help the health authorities predict outbreaks of the diseases and launch preventive steps.

The programme would be implemented in association with the departments of Local Self-Government, Animal Husbandry, Social Welfare, Agriculture, Education, Water Resources and Public Works, Clean Kerala Mission and the Kudumbasree Mission. Laila Divakar, District Medical Officer, also addressed the meeting.