Staff Reporter

SALEM: The district administrations of Salem and Namakkal have stepped up disease surveillance and sanitation measures following the onset of North East monsoon.

Teams comprising medical officers and sanitary workers have been deputed to all the blocks in Namakkal district to carry out monitoring activities, sanitation and mosquito control measures. The workers are educating the people on health and hygiene and asking them to keep their surroundings clean, Namakkal Collector U. Sagayam said.

People are advised to empty the rainwater that is accumulated in unused containers, coconut shells, tyres and tubes, which will help prevent mosquito breeding. The administration directed the workers to attend the leaks in the pipelines immediately and clean the overhead water tanks once in a month.

The health officials were asked to keep adequate stock of medicine in all the primary health centres and Government hospitals, the Collector said.People should approach the nearby primary health centre immediately if they had symptoms of fever or diarrhoea.

They could also inform the district level disease monitoring cell functioning round the clock at the Office of the Deputy Director of Health Services by dialling 04286-281424 or they could contact the district control centre in 1056.

Salem Collector N. Mathivanan asked the village administrative officers, village assistants and field workers to stay in the respective villages to monitor the water spreads. People could seek assistance from the administration and provide information by dialling the following phone numbers: 0427-2336003, 2444475 and 2330500.