Deaths due to dengue also concealed, health dept faces severe criticism

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Alappuzha: The Kerala Health Department has been facing flak over hiding the details of deaths due to dengue fever as in the case of Covid-19. Though two persons succumbed to dengue in June, the cases were not recorded in the list of contagious diseases and related death cases released by the department .It has been hinted that the district health officials had not handed over the exact data to their state level officials.

The Alappuzha district panchayat officials released the reports of death cases on Thursday, only after Mathrubhumi revealed that no mosquito density survey was conducted in the state even after 40 persons were infected with dengue in the month of June.

The health officials claimed that the district officials had given the details of only the total number of dengue cases in each month.

Earlier, the department had concealed the fatalities due to Covid 19 in the state. Later, the officials were forced to reveal it when the issue triggered a controversy.

Mosquito density studies

The district panchayat officials have decided to conduct mosquito density studies in the region affected by dengue within the last three years. A report has to be submitted after recording the data over the number of total dengue cases in the regions along with details of death cases.

It has been directed to summon regular meetings of health department and local governing bodies to prevent the spread of the fever. A Kudumbashree member has to check the surroundings of her own house and neighbourhoods to ensure that there is no source of mosquitoes in the region. This has to be followed regularly in each month.

The district panchayat has also decided to resort legal actions against those who abstain from destroying the source of mosquitoes even after they were directed by the person in-charge. The first phase of implementation will be in Nooranad.

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