Thiruvananthapuram: A sudden spike in dengue cases in the state capital has prompted the District Medical Office (DMO) to step up measures at grassroot level for vector control. It is learnt that this month, around 135 dengue cases were reported in the capital, which is the highest so far this year. The DMO has decided to take emergency measures and launch a special mosquito eradication drive at all block panchayats, municipalities, and Corporation to ens-ure vector control measures at respective wards.
DMO has given direction to carry out Indoor Space Spraying (ISS) at houses where dengue case were reported. “The ward member would be assigned to the job and he or she should ensure that vector control measures are taken at their wards. Asha workers and Junior Primary Health Nurses (JPHN) would visit the house where dengue cases are being reported. Indoor spraying would be done at 15 houses surrounding the house of the dengue patient,” said the official.
The official said that many of the institutions and government offices are not observing dry day as directed.
“By next week we will put the drive-in motion. All meetings would be finished by October 4. The situation is a little alarming but fortunately, death cases are not there,” said the official.
“Fogging would be done at all hotspots,” said the official....