Number of dengue cases goes up to 12 in Tirunelveli

: Four students of the Government Siddha Medical College have tested positive to dengue fever, raising the on-campus tally to 12.

Students have been working closely with health authorities to contain the outbreak of the disease in pockets of the district.

A final year postgraduate student, Kaathavarayan from Aranthaangi, currently under observation in the intensive care unit, has also tested positive for typhoid, a water-borne disease.

Another postgraduate first-year student, Divya, has been admitted to a neonatal specialty hospital near Palayamkottai bus-stand after being diagnosed with dengue.

“A postgraduate student from Nagercoil has been admitted to a hospital in his native place while a girl student is under medication for dengue, who is getting treatment at a hospital in Perumalpuram in Palayamkottai. It shows that water-borne and vector-borne diseases are spreading fast in our college campus owing to zero maintenance,” alleged P. Ravikumar, chairman of Government Siddha Medical College Students’ Union and final year postgraduate student.

After the spurt in dengue cases among students, Collector C. Samayamoorthy conducted a surprise check of the hospital premises and made adverse remarks about the condition of the campus.

He issued orders for a thorough overhaul of the facilities, including the doctors’ quarters, within a week.

However, there were visible signs of change as of Monday, students said.

“Though more than 20 sanitary workers have been posted here, no step has been taken to improve the conditions here even after a number of students have been affected by dengue or typhoid,” said Dr. Ravikumar. Principal of the college Dr. Chandra Mohan Das said the cleaning operation had just commenced on the college premises and fogging was done a couple of days ago.

“We’re supplying water to the students, especially to the hostel students, through tankers. Even as we’re improving the conditions here, our students, who are giving ‘nilavembu kudineer’ or other pain relievers to the chikungunya or dengue patients during the special medical camps being organised in rural areas, should also take the concoction regularly to protect themselves from these diseases,” Dr. Chandra Mohan Das said.

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