Staff Reporter

Dengue outbreak in the plantation area of Kanjirappally has been contained and the number of cases has come down

KOTTAYAM: The district is fully prepared to face the prospect of increase in communicable diseases in the backdrop of the onset of monsoon, district medical authorities have said.

According to deputy district medical officer P. R. Jayakumar, they were expecting a rise in the diarrhoeal diseases in the coming days on account of the monsoon.

Other water-borne diseases like typhoid may also register a slight increase, he said.

However, during the past one week there had been a rise in fever cases.

Most of these are cases of seasonal influenza and the trend was observed last year also.

The daily number of fever cases which hover around the 300-600 mark in the normal period has shown a tendency to rise.

The number of fever cases on Wednesday has been put at 744, he said.

The dengue outbreak in the plantation area of Kanjirappally has been contained as the number of new cases have come down.

However, there has been a steady increase in sporadic cases from other areas like Vazhoor, Erumeli, Erattupetta belt which also happen to be plantation areas.

As of now there are more than 190 suspected cases on dengue out of which 46 are confirmed. Leptospirosis (rat fever) which has registered a spurt in the first three months of the year with eight deaths during the period, too has been contained with no new cases being reported in recent times.

According to Dr Jayakumar, they were getting good cooperation from the private hospitals with nearly 15 major hospitals reporting to them regularly.

During the dengue outbreak in Kanjirappally, all private hospitals in the area were reporting to the authorities regularly.

The primary health centres are fully equipped to handle the situation as they have enough stock of medicines, he said and added that the ward level sanitation committees are being strengthened with the help of local bodies.