Nizamabad: After the torrential rains, viral fevers are on the rise in undivided Nizamabad district.
Children particularly are the most affected. Government and private hospitals witnessed huge crowds of fever affected outpatients. After a long dry spell, rains have lashed Nizamabad and Kamareddy districts in the past one week. Apart from viral fevers, cases of pneumonia and typhoid are also on the rise in the rural and urban areas.
In view of this, the medical and health department has begun preventive measures in both the districts. Rapid Action teams have been stationed at all primary health centres constituting a medical officer, supervisor and ANM to tackle the viral fever cases in their respective areas.
A district level committee has also been set up to monitor the situation. Rashtriya Bal Samrakshak (RBS) teams have been alerted to concentrate on viral fevers. According to Kamareddy district medical and health officer Dr P. Chandrasekhar, there is a possibility of rampant viral fevers in the district. “We are taking all precautionary measures as well as reaching the required medication to the viral fever affected people”, he explained.
A health camp was conducted at Lingampet, where it was found that many inmates of the government welfare hostel were affected by viral fevers. Hostels have become the breeding grounds for these viral fevers. As a result, students in large numbers are affected with viral fevers in Nizamabad and Kamareddy districts.
Paediatrician Dr N. Ramchander said that weather fluctuation was the trigger for these viral fevers and other seasonal diseases. While there were fewer cases of gastroenteritis, viral fever, typhoid and pneumonia cases had increased.