TIRUPATI: Increase in number of Dengue cases in Tirupati and other major parts of Chittoor district is creating worries to the Medical, Health and Family Welfare Department. Number of positive cases were increasing every day and measures taken by local bodies to control mosquitoes was getting failed. Microbiology department of S.V. Medical College Tirupati confirmed that 22 positive cases were recorded out of 78 samples collected this month.
Dengue which usually spreads from the month of August is creating panic situations throughout the year and around 166 dengue positive cases were recorded in 2016 and that number had almost crossed with in half year and 163 positive cases were recorded till date and number is increasing every day as per the district health officials. This situation made the health department to be on toes. “We are screening and cleaning all the areas the dengue is reported. The spraying operations are done regularly. We are setting up medical camps in locations that require. All the health department men are on the toes” says district medical and health officer S.Vijaya Gowri while speaking with this correspondent.
Medical and health department is gathering the information from all the hospitals in the district to take safety measures at the areas that the patient live. Tirupati Ruia hospital is witnessing many viral fever and dengue cases and 3 inpatient and 6 outpatient cases were recorded in past few weeks. Microbiology department of S.V.M.C. investigates the cases of nearby Rayalaseema districts. Dr. K.H. Vasudeva Naidu professor at the department says that “the situation of Dengue is alarming. Out of 794 samples tested from January 2017, 235 cases were reported positive. While the whole 2016 is reported with 264 positive cases at the lab.”