Preventive Action Intensified to Control Chikungunya Spread

by Medindia Content Team on  September 28, 2006 at 10:45 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
Preventive Action Intensified to Control Chikungunya Spread
Thiruvananthapuram: The Health Department has announced that it is adequately geared with a meticulous plan, encompassing both prevention as well as control measures, to counter a potential chikungunya outbreak. Presently, four districts in Kerala, Thiruvananthapuram, Alappuzha, Ernakulum and Kozhikode have reported the chikungunya fever.

Amid allegations of a slackened response by the Health watch dogs, Ms. Sreemathy, Health Minister, refuted the charge, confirming that the cause of deaths reported from the Cherthala taluk in Kerala, was not due to chikungunya; on the contrary it was due to leptospirosis and other underlying illnesses like heart disease.

She said,"As per the medical investigations into the reported deaths due to chikungunya at Cherthala, most of those who died were suffering from chronic diseases, which were further complicated by the onset of viral fever."

According to her, the department had stepped in at the right time to institute control measures equipped to effectively check the spread of fever. Additionally, the services of medical and paramedical staff have been deployed. The stock of medicines has been replenished and mosquito control programmes are set into action.

The districts which are affected by chikungunya have been provided with 5 lakh each to begin the process of prevention. Entomologists and epidemiologists along with medical specialists are on the job at the affected areas, probing into the details of the outbreak. Vector control programmes are already on in full swing along with measures to plug the source of the infection as well as redouble fogging, to contain the spread of fever.

Source: Medindia

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The Govt is covering up the deaths due to Chikengunya virus affliction in all the sates. Similar statements were made in Tamil Nadu. As doctors we know what is happening. Currently more people are dying due to the infection than all the other other condition put together- be it malaria or AIDS or Tuberculosis. Instead of putting in more resources the ofiicials are simply hood-winking the public with these statements. With the monsoon the problem is likely to worsen. What these officials should realise is that the problem can get worse not better. Govt. of India has to give higher priority to health related matters. Before this it was Encephlitis and before that ot was malaria and so on. Most of the deaths can be controlled if we can control the mosquito population.
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