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Preventive measures against diseases to be strengthened

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Collector asks departments to work in unison to prevent check vectors

The district administration will strengthen the preventive measures against monsoon diseases in the backdrop of increasing cases of dengue fever in the district.

A meeting convened by District Collector P.M. Francis here on Tuesday decided to intensify the cleanliness drive across the district.

The Collector instructed the health, local body and education departments to work in unison to prevent flooding and situations that encourage breeding of vectors.

He urged the public to co-operate with the sanitation workers for fogging and other disinfection procedures in the areas where epidemics have been reported.

The District Medical Officer (Homeo) was instructed to distribute preventive medicines in schools and households.

Water authority officials were urged to ensure that the drinking water distributed through pipes is pure and clean. The Kudumbasree Mission workers and youth clubs will be roped in for the sanitation and preventive initiatives. The workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) have been asked to take preventive treatments from respective primary health centres.

Meanwhile, the monsoon fury continued in the district on Tuesday too.

At Arattukadavu, near Perinjanam, a fishing boat that was caught in tidal waves was damaged when it rammed the sea wall. Three fish workers, Thekkiniyezhathu Murali, Ramath Krishnan, Araveetil Aravindan, were admitted to hospital with minor injuries.

The boat owned by K.B. Dasan of Perinjanam, was totally damaged in the accident. A loss of Rs. 2.50 lakh has been estimated.

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