A conference of Health Ministers of Southern States will be held here on July 30 to discuss the steps taken for controlling chikungunya,Karnataka Health Minister R Ashok said today.
The southern states were thinking of submitting a memorandum to the Centre seeking financial help and release of medicines, he told reporters here.
The Karnataka government had decided to provide fogging machines to each of the 5400 gram panchayats in the state to check mosquito menace following widespread outbreak of chikungunya.
"The administration wants to ensure that panchayats are kept in preparedness to initiate preventive measures against communicable diseases like malaria, filaria and chikungunya," he told reporters here.
A sum of Rs 8.40 crore crore had been released for buying fogging machines and all panchayats would be sanctioned one each in a phased manner, he said adding each machine costs between Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000.
Chikungunya had been controlled to a large extent, he said and denied that there was shortage of medicines to treat those affected.Besides allopathy drugs, ayurvedic, unani and homeopathy medicines were purchased in required quantity and supplied to all districts, Ashok said.