Staff Reporter

Finds mosquito density alarmingly high

Number of fever cases came down in the last two weeks

Need to intensify eradication drive stressed

PATHANAMTHITTA: An official team headed by Deputy Director of Health Services N. Hema visited the Pambini tribal colony and other parts of the Chittar panchayat on Tuesday as part of the ongoing surveillance against mosquito-borne epidemics such as chikungunya, malaria, dengue fever, etc.

Talking to reporters here after the visit, the team said the mosquito density in Chittar was found to be very high.

According to them, a survey conducted by the department in the panchayats of Perinad, Angady, Pazhavangady, Vadasserikkara, Chittar, Kunnamthanam, Pandalam and Malayalappuzha showed that the district as a whole faced an alarmingly high mosquito density of more than 80 per cent.

Epidemic Control Cell co-ordinator Sara Varghese, State Mass Media Officer Rajkumar, State Malaria Officer Pradeep Kumar and District Medical Officer P.R. Karunakaran were among those who visited Chittar, from where chikungunya was first reported in the district last year.

They said 120 persons had sought medical assistance for viral fever and common cold at the primary health centre at Chittar two weeks ago. However, the number of fever patients in the locality had now come down to 60, they said.

The DMO said viral fever in Chittar was under control and no afflicted person was found to be having symptoms of chikungunya or malaria. Serum samples of persons afflicted with viral fever had been sent for virological examination at the Virology Institute in Pune as a precautionary measure, he said.

The team also stressed the need to strengthen the mosquito-eradication drive and source reduction in the disease-prone areas. The National Rural Health Mission has released Rs.10,000 each to various panchayat wards in the district for mosquito eradication and source reduction activities on March 31itself.

They said mosquito source reduction in the rubber plantation areas should be intensified as the locality was more prone to become a safe breeding place for mosquitoes.

The local body representatives also accompanied the team to the tribal colonies and other parts of the panchayat.