New Delhi (Agency): The Health Department is stepping up control measures in Coimbatore district, which has recently seen sporadic cases of dengue. As of Monday, seven active cases of the disease have been reported, according to officials. A total of 13 dengue cases have been confirmed in the district this month.
District Collector Kranthi Kumar Pati told reporters there is no outbreak or clusters of dengue in the district, but the administration is being cautious. “The district has been experiencing intermittent rain, which can lead to water clogging and encourage the breeding of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes,” said Mr. Pati. He added that local bodies have been warned to stay alert.
Deputy Director of Health Services P. Aruna stated that scrap dealers are being employed to remove waste that could collect water and become breeding grounds for mosquitoes. “Works are also in progress to clear peridomestic mosquito breeding sources,” she said. In addition, health inspectors have been instructed to raise awareness among the public, in collaboration with religious institutions like temples, mosques, and churches.
As part of control measures, fever camps are being organized across the district. These camps, operated by mobile medical units, collect samples from suspected dengue cases and send them for examination at the district public health laboratory.
Dr. Aruna also emphasized the importance of proper medical consultation. “The public should avoid self-medication using over-the-counter drugs and should consult a doctor at the nearest primary health center or government hospital,” she advised.
A. Nirmala, Dean of the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital, mentioned that the hospital is receiving two to three dengue cases and has a 25-bed ward reserved for dengue and viral fever patients.
The Health Department’s multi-pronged approach aims to curb the spread of dengue in Coimbatore district. With the support of local bodies and health institutions, officials hope to control the disease effectively. The public is also advised to be vigilant and seek medical advice when needed, to help fight the spread of dengue.