Chennai: Disease control and prevention activities should not aim at controlling dengue alone, it should aim at curtailing all fever cases. So, health department officials in the areas concerned should wake up as soon as any fever case is reported, said J. Radhakrishan, health secretary.
He was speaking at the state-level review meeting on prevention and control of communicable diseases, at the Tamil Nadu Government Multi Super Speciality Hospital on Tuesday. Border screening should be intensified to prevent the entry of any disease besides constantly working on mass cleaning drives and controlling of mosquito breeding in the neighbourhood, he adds.
Noting that state-level officials had already instructed District Collectors and district-level health officials on how to be prepared for the monsoon period, Health minister Dr C. Vijaya Baskar said that selling medicines without the doctor’s prescription should be prevented.
Minister for municipal administration and rural development S.P. Velumani said, “Tamil Nadu is the only state that provides 98 per cent protected water supply. This was achieved through the hard work of the local body staff.”
He also told the local body staff to co-ordinate with the staff of the health department and jointly work to prevent communicable diseases this monsoon season. Earlier, officials were instructed to conduct door-to-door mosquito prevention activities once in 15 days, encourage use of ‘nilavembu’ and papaya leaf juice to prevent diseases, hold awareness camps keeping enough stock of medicines, medical teams and put disease testing centres on the alert....
Location: Tamil Nadu