Staff Reporter

`Steps taken to control spread of viral fever'

NAMAKKAL: The district administration has organised special medical camps in Namakkal and Rasipuram towns on Friday to treat people affected by viral fever.

Collector G. Sundaramurthi inspected the special medical camps conducted in the Pavalar Muthusamy Mandapam in Namakkal town and Municipal primary school in Rasipuram.

Interacting with people, the Collector said viral fever was first reported in Senthamangalam special panchayat and it slowly spread to other parts in the district. Asking people not to worry, he said the district administration had taken necessary steps to control the spread of the viral fever.

People should drink only boiled water and keep their environment clean. The administration was having sufficient stock of medicine to treat viral fever cases, he said. Health officials said blood samples were being collected and sent to the Institute of Vector Control and Zoonoses, Hosur. Preventive measures were initiated in several villages to control the spread of viral fever. Health workers along with the officials of the local bodies had started the anti-larval exercise.

Awareness programmes on viral fever were also on in several villages. Officials had asked the people to empty the water stored in the containers such as pots, jars and unused tyres. This activity would help control the mosquito breeding, officials said.

People should approach the nearby primary health centre or the government hospitals immediately if they felt feverish, officials said.

On Thursday, the Collector visited the medical camps organised in Gurusamypalayam near Rasipuram. The health officials had organised a medical camp in this area following a large number of people complaining of fever.