IMA action plan to check dengue fever

Staff Reporter

Thiruvananthapuram: The Indian Medical Association (IMA) district branch has formulated an action plan to check the increasing incidence of dengue fever in the city by reducing the high density of Aedes mosquitoes, the vector causing the fever. Nearly 70 per cent of the total dengue fever cases being reported from the State are in the capital city, which has been found to be endemic for the disease. Of the total cases reported from the district, over 40 per cent are from areas under the city corporation. The density of Aedes mosquitoes is alarmingly high in various parts of the district, especially in urban areas, says a press release. The Infectious Diseases Cell of the IMA will chalk out the dengue-prevention programme along with the Federation of Residents’ Associations. The action plan will be launched with a vector density study in the city on January 26.

Surprise check

Meanwhile, the district health administration has said that it will deploy squads to conduct surprise checks in the district to ensure that source reduction activities are being carried out properly. Currently, each health volunteer is supposed to visit 50 houses each to monitor and create awareness of source reduction. The first round of source reduction activities is supposed to be completed by January 28.

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