Staff Reporter

17 villages hit by leptospirosis; seven with typhoid

2,000 people in 45 villages are affected in Krishnagiri districtDistrict administration has formed 37 medical teams to provide medical aid 24-hour control room opened at the office of the Deputy Director of Health Services

Krishnagiri: The Collector, Santhosh Babu, on Tuesday reviewed the preventive measures taken up to control the spread of viral fever in the district. More than 2,000 persons in 45 villages were said to be affected with viral fever in Krishnagiri district. Of these, 17 villages were affected with leptospirosis and seven villages with typhoid. The district administration has formed 37 medical teams, including one at each at primary health centre, to provide medical aid to those affected.

Block surveillance

Along with this, a Block Surveillance Medical Officer (BSMO) has also been appointed in each block. The BSMO will collect information from each block on viral outbreak, and report it to the office of the Deputy Director of Health Services. Mr. Santhosh Babu said two Rapid Response Teams, including a medical officer, health inspectors, entomologist and fogging unit, have been formed.

The team would do mosquito collection, availability of the vector and carry out fogging operations in the affected areas. A 24-hour control room has also been opened at the office of the Deputy Director of Health Services for treatment. Out of 200 blood samples sent to the Institute of Vector Control and Zoonoses, Hosur, about 40 persons tested positive for leptospirosis and 17 others for typhoid. Malarial cases have been reported in Krishnagiri town alone.

On alert

As a precautionary measure, health personnel in the district have been put on alert. Preventive and control measures have been taken, including cleaning up of all overhead tanks that supply drinking water; chlorination of drinking water sources and proper disposal of garbage and other waste material.

The Collector instructed the municipal commissioners of Krishnagiri and Hosur, and all panchayat presidents to keep adequate stock of bleaching powder, phenyl, lime powder and emergency drugs, including I.V. fluids etc at government hospitals and primary health centres to tackle any emergency situation.

Officials from the department of health would also educate people at the block level regarding safe water supply, personal hygiene, disposal of solid waste and personal prophylaxis against mosquitoes.