Kozhikode

As monsoon advances, Kozhikode shivers with fever

File Photo | A family wears respiratory masks outside a H1N1 Swine flu examination center at a government hospital in New Delhi

File Photo | A family wears respiratory masks outside a H1N1 Swine flu examination center at a government hospital in New Delhi   | Photo Credit: AP

Number of dengue cases in the district is reportedly the highest in Kerala

The advancing of monsoon in Kozhikode district has brought with it a spate of fever cases such as viral flu and dengue. There have been isolated cases of H1N1 (Influenza) and one death. The number of dengue cases in Kozhikode is reportedly the highest in the State too.

According to data available with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, over 20 suspected dengue fever cases have been reported from the district on most days in the past one week. On July 23, there were 27 suspected cases and 11 confirmed cases. On July 22, there were 29 suspected cases and on July 21, one suspected case. There were 24 suspected cases and 15 confirmed cases on July 18. Kolathara, Kuttiyadi, Maruthonkara, Iringal, Moodadi, Chorod, Moozhikkal, and Nadapuram are some of the areas from where dengue fever cases were reported.

Between 1,500 and 2,000 people sought outpatient treatment at various hospitals every day in the past seven days. Scores of others are being admitted with fever symptoms too.

Meanwhile, the Health Department has stepped up preventive measures in Ramanattukara after the death of a woman due to H1N1(Influenza) from Vaidyarangadi. Health activists distributed facial masks and preventive medicines in the area and are conducting a fever survey to screen possible cases.

The health wing of the Kozhikode Corporation has set up ‘doxy counters’ across the city to distribute doxycycline tablets to ward off the threat of leptospirosis. Health section officials have urged those who step into waterlogged areas, especially sanitation workers and other labourers, to take the tablet for four weeks continuously.

Fumigation

Additional District Medical Officer Asha Devi said on Tuesday that the dengue fever cases were mostly from the Kuttiyadi block and grama panchayats such as Maruthonkara, Velam, Kunduthodu, and Kayakkodi. However, the number of patients were lesser compared to 2018, she pointed out. “Fumigation is being done whenever there is a break from rain. The number of cases are expected to come down in the coming days,” she added.

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