184 villages in Gulbarga district affected by leptospirosis

MAKING A POINT: Agriculture Marketing Minister Sharanabasappa Darshanapur at a meeting held in Gulbarga on Saturday to discuss steps to tackle leptospirosis (rat fever) in Gulbarga district.  

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Meet discusses steps to tackle rat fever, `chikungunya' disease

16 cases of leptospirosis and one case of `chikungunya' reported in Gulbarga district Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat told to release funds to purchase medicines Funds to be released to purchase 20 fogging machines

GULBARGA: Agriculture Marketing Minister Sharanabasappa Darshanapur on Saturday proposed several steps to be taken in the district to tackle leptospirosis (rat fever) and the "chikungunya" disease in the district.

Presiding over a meeting here on the increasing incidents of leptospirosis and the "chikungunya" disease in the district, Mr. Darshanapur said according to the information provided by the District Health Department, 16 cases of leptospirosis and one case of "chikungunya" have been reported in the district after the disease was first reported a few months ago.

Mr. Darshanapur said 184 villages coming under 49 primary health centres in the district have been affected by leptospirosis. A total of 8,300 blood samples had been sent to the National Institute of Communicable Diseases Laboratory in Bangalore for test. Of them, 16 tested positive.

Of these positive cases, five are from Yadgir taluk, four from Gulbarga taluk, three from Jewargi, two from Chitapur and one each from Chincholi and Shahapur taluks.

Expressing concern over the reported shortage of medicines and medical personnel, the Minister said there is no dearth of funds to procure medicines.

Mr. Darshanapur ordered Chief Executive Officer of the zilla panchayat Pankajkumar Pandey to release Rs. 15 lakhs to Yadgir Subdivision and Rs. 5 lakhs to Gulbarga Subdivision to purchase medicines immediately. He directed the District Health Officer to ensure that doctors are available in 49 primary health centres round-the-clock to provide treatment to the patients. The Minister said there are complaints of shortage of medicines and doctors in the health centres and the district administration and the zilla panchayat should ensure that the affected people are given timely treatment.

Legislators Veerabasantreddy Mudnal (Yadgir), Vishwanath Patil Hebbal (Chitapur), and Sharanaprakash Patil (Sedam) spoke.

Referring to the need for fogging in the affected areas to prevent the spread of the "chikunguniya" disease, Deputy Commissioner Anjum Parvez said funds will be released to purchase 20 fogging machines. Each taluk will get two machines. The Gulbarga City Corporation has been directed to take up fogging in the city immediately.

M.Y. Patil, MLA, Amatappa Kandakur, MLC, and Mayor Chandrika Parameshwar participated in the meeting.