ANDHRA PRADESH

10 malaria cases detected in Nallacheruvu area

Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: Ten persons have been identified as suffering from malaria while many others are affected by viral fevers in the Nallacheruvu area here, according to District Medical and Health Officer N. Sonar Babu.

Officials initially suspected that there was one case of dengue fever, however the DM&HO said it was not confirmed and further tests needed to be conducted. The cause of the fevers is mainly due to poor hygienic conditions as drinking water pipes and drainage canals criss-cross at many places in the colony. Even a pinhole-sized leak could cause contamination of water, he said.

Three huts removed

Officials continued their medical camps for the third day and another 250 persons got treatment for fever at two centres set up in the colony. Guntur Mayor Kanna Nagaraju visited the medical camps in the morning and afternoon and supervised the arrangements.

The municipal authorities removed three huts, which were built near the drains, affecting the free flow of drainage water. Compound walls of a few houses, which were obstructing the free flow, were also removed.

The municipal health workers were conducting door-to-door sanitation awareness programmes throughout the day. Fogging operations and spraying of Malathion spray to check mosquitoes in the area was being undertaken in the colony, said Municipal Health Officer Shabbir Ahmed.