Steps to fight monsoon diseases under review

Need for funds stressed

June 21, 2015 12:00 am | Updated 05:39 am IST - KOLLAM:

A high-level meeting to review the steps taken to combat the spread of epidemics during monsoon was called by District Medical Officer (DMO) Babu Chandran here on Saturday.

Addressing the meeting, Kodikunnil Suresh, MP, said it should be ensured that the district was adequately prepared to combat any situation posed by the threat of epidemics during monsoon.

All possible preventive measures should be taken, and hospital management committees should be made more efficient. K. Raju, Punalur MLA, said many pockets in the eastern sectors of the district were seen to be particularly vulnerable to the spread of epidemics during the monsoon period.

Therefore, more fund allocations from the government side was required for preventive measures.

Additional District Magistrate V.R. Vinod said the threat of jaundice, which was a waterborne disease, loomed large over the district.

This calls for strong action against those who pollute water bodies, and if needed, police help should be sought to prevent the menace, he said.

Preventive steps

Dr. Babu Chandran said adequate preventive measures were being taken for keeping the water bodies clean and also to ensure that there was no stagnation of water.

The services of Asha workers are being utilised for the purpose, he said.

At the district hospital, a round-the-clock out-patient wing and pharmacy is now working as part of the measures taken to combat the spread of monsoon-time epidemic diseases, he said.

Jaundice threat looms large in district

Action sought against those who pollute waterbodies

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