Kuravilangad: Fever is gripping Kuravilangad region with several people being admitted to the Kuravilangad and Koodallur hospitals in the last few weeks.
Changing weather conditions are causing the spread of fever, said Dr Sam Paulson, Medical Superintendent of Kuravilangad Taluk Hospital. During the past one week, around 450-500 people have visited the Kuravilangad Taluk Hospital seeking treatment for fever.
Fever started spreading in the region as clean up drives ahead of the monsoon became a nominal exercise resulting in the increase of mosquitoes. Besides the Kuravilangad Taluk Hospital, a lot of people are approaching the hospitals in Muttuchira, Monippally and Thellakam for freatment for fever.
If measures to prevent mosquitoes are not held effectively, fever will spread to more people in the region. Hotels and shops are letting out polluted water into sewage canals through open drains. The resulting stagnant water helps the breeding of mosquitoes.
The shortage of doctors and other staff at the Kuravilangad Taluk Hospital is troubling patients. Despite being upgraded, the number of staff at the hospital has not been increased. Recently, more doctors were appointed and their service was increased to 24 hours. This was a much needed relief for patients.