Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: The Public Health Department has launched a campaign to control vector-borne diseases in Tiruchi in the wake of incidence of dengue fever.

The department has deputed additional manpower from neighbouring districts for carrying out the campaign, S. Elango, Additional Director, Public Health, told The Hindu here on Friday. Dr. Elango was in the city to supervise a training programme for medical officers and health inspectors, organised as part of the campaign.

Incidence of dengue, one of the vector-borne diseases, has come down in the State from over 450 last year to about 230 this year. This is largely due to the measures launched to check the spread of chikungunya in the State, he said.

In Tiruchi district, about 91 dengue cases have been reported since January.

A massive campaign is being launched in Tiruchi, Erode and Tirupur with a multi-pronged approach to control mosquito breeding.

The focus will be on source reduction, anti-larval and anti-adult mosquito initiatives.

Fifty-five health inspectors, three entomological assistants and two senior entomologists have been deputed to join Corporation and local public health workers to carry out the campaign in Tiruchi. The campaign will be monitored on a daily basis and the entomologists will give daily reports. The technical inputs for the campaign are being provided by the Public Health Department.

As aedes aegypti, the dengue-causing mosquito, breeds in households, anti-larval measures will be an important focus area. Two non-edible fish species, gambusia and guppies, which act as bio-larvicides, will be distributed free of cost as there are a large number of wells in Tiruchi.

The fish will be supplied from the hatcheries of the zonal entomological unit. The Tiruchi Corporation has also been advised to start its own hatchery.