TAMIL NADU

Pondy Health department monitoring fever cases

Pondicherry Nov. 13. In the context of suspected cases of dengue in certain districts in Tamil Nadu, all fever cases reported in the Union Territory are being monitored on a day-to-day basis, a communication from the office of the Pondicherry Health Minister said today.

It said specialists in medicine and paediatrics of various medical colleges and hospitals `suspected 49 cases as possible dengue fever cases'. All these were followed up and six cases deleted on a preliminary scrutiny as they were confirmed `as other diseases'.

The remaining 43 were suspected cases and advanced laboratory tests such as ImmunoglobulinM and ImmunoglobulinG assay were to be done after two or three weeks of the onset of monsoon.

House-to-house survey had been taken up by special task teams to eliminate breeding places of `aedes' type mosquitoes in residential areas. Mosquito breeding recorded in 14 out of 35 areas under surveillance was found slightly higher.

Spraying operations had been completed at Kalanthottam of the Ariyankuppam block, Nonkuppam, Thengaithittu, Kadhirkamam and Samipillaithottam around Pondicherry.

Door-to-door health education, covering more than 2,000 houses, was also accomplished.

Similar operations were being done in the Thattanchavady, Gundupalayam, Akkasami Madam, Pappammal Koil, Chinnayapuram in Muthialpet, Vanrapet, Old Saram in Kosapalyam, Thavalakuppam and Tirukanur blocks. The work would be completed tomorrow.

The communication said information, education and communication programme had also been intensified in rural areas.

A phone-in programme through cable television network was on to educate the public on steps to prevent and control dengue.

A joint meeting of specialists in medicine and paediatrics was held on October 31 and all medical officers in community and primary health centres were instructed to refer all suspected cases to the General Hospital, the communication said.