Strategies by the State Government to eradicate Chikungunya

by Gayatri on  September 11, 2006 at 10:29 AM Chikungunya News   - G J E 4
Strategies by the State Government to eradicate Chikungunya
A common proposal for prevention of chikungunya and dengue fever in the state has been brought out by the Directorate of Public Health.

Aedes aegypti, mosquito is the common carrier of both chikungunya causing virus and dengue causing virus. Hence, the state has taken up an integrated mosquito control programme involving 35,000 health workers and volunteers. All the water storage areas in every house will be examined.

According to P. Padmanabhan, Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Rs. 9 crores has been allotted by the Government for chikungunya prevention.

Totally, 62,000 chikungunya cases have been officially reported since the first case in March, of which almost 25% were from Namakkal district. However, the problem was successfully tackled by domestic surveillance, he said.

According to Dr. Padmanabhan, the plan will be carried out over a period of 6 weeks, in which door-to-door mosquito eradication would be undertaken. All water storing areas is being treated with Temephos liquid.

Stating that artificial water containers at home were a potential mosquito-breeding source, the Director said, "Attacking the larva and interrupting its lifecycle is the best way to handle the problem. Extensive fogging was being taken up in all districts and an additional 245 fogging machines had been procured for all blocks."

The efficacy of this strategy would be assessed after 6 weeks, said the Joint-Director S. Elango. It is essential for people and non-governmental organizations to involve in the task of eradicating chikungunya, he said.

Source: Medindia

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All I can say is our Politicians are MAHAN..These Idiots will bet their civilians' life, including their own life in this case, on the line but they will not let go their money... rather govt. funds i mean, which they think belongs to them.. Why did they not start the awareness campaign to put gappi fishes in any water reservoir to take out all larvaes.. and it is public's responsibility too to eradicate all sources of potential mosquito breeding sites.. Govt. can definitely start such campaigns right away!!!
guest Sunday, September 17, 2006
The local govt. machinery comes into action only when something gets out of hand. There is too little too late. Chikungunya menace started 3 to 4 months back and it's only now the govt is doing patch work - so called fogging etc. If they had started this on war footing so many cases, so many man hrs, so many deaths would not have taken place. The acountability of admin is nil - who can ask them any question. The current govt. is divided on so many issues. The people of India should be more careful when selecting politicians who come to their parliament rather then selecting an ineffective 'Khichadi' govt. I was in India as a medical student observer and saw many such cases.
guest Monday, September 11, 2006

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