The health wing of Madurai Corporation has put on alert 17 Rapid Response Teams comprising emergency medical teams to tackle rain-related health problems. The teams will undertake surveillance and prevention activities with focus on ensuring safe drinking water, preventing diarrhoeal diseases and water stagnation in residential areas.

V. Subramanian, City Health Officer, told The Hindu on Thursday that each team would cover 75,000 to one lakh people. “Every team will have a medical officer, staff nurse, pharmacist and vector-borne disease expert. If any disease outbreak is reported, the teams will rush to their assigned areas for immediate treatment. Required drugs and equipment have been supplied to them,” he said.

Stress would be laid on prevention of diarrhoeal diseases, common during monsoon. , The Corporation's health wing is on surveillance mode and it has kept its urban health centres on alert.

Instruction had been given to ensure proper chlorination of drinking water. “For this, 24 Health Inspectors will monitor water chlorination level in all residential areas because safe drinking water is imperative in disease control,” he said.

Focus areas

Some areas have been put in ‘high risk' category. These areas include Thideer Nagar, Sellur, Jaihindpuram, Ismailpuram, Ellis Nagar, Pykara, Palanganatham, Kochadai and Fatima Nagar. The engineering wing had been asked to take steps to ensure free flow of water in the channels and avoid stagnation. “We have also engaged additional workers to do work in minor channels and see that water-logging is prevented. Surveillance and special efforts were needed till December at least,” Dr. Subramanian said. Similarly, the officials had also formed four teams for fogging operation as part of mosquito control drive.

Residents who had complaints or suggestions on health or sanitation and water-logging issues could contact him on 94437 39501.