Kottayam in the grip of Dengue Fever; over 300 under treatment
Kottayam: When the state is continuing the battle against Coronavirus, the number of patients suffering from dengue fever is increasing day by day. It is reported that Uzhavoor panchayat in Kottayam district has reported a record number of dengue cases.
Over 300 people is under treatment for dengue fever in the panchayat and nearby panchayats. In some families, every member suffers from the contagious disease owing to monsoon.
Panchayat president, medical superintendent and hospital staff are also under treatment for dengue fever.
Alert issued for public
The health department alerted the public to take preventive measures against dengue fever. The department also issued a set of guidelines for the public:
The department advised public to keep the house and premises clean.
Special care should be taken to destroy breeding habitats of mosquitoes.
Ades mosquitoes which spread dengue fever generally breeds in house and its premises. Hence, we should make sure that water is not stored and prevent littering of the surroundings of the houses.
Tray of AC, cooler and fridge should be cleaned. Sunshade, tarpaulin, plant pots, coconut shell, buckets, bottles and closet are the major breeding stations of the Aedes mosquito. Hence, we must take care to clean these places.
Mosquitos will breed largely in plantations of rubber, pineapple, palm, coco. Coconut shells used for tapping in rubber plantations and other waste items will turn mosquito breeding station during the rains.
The health officials also reported mosquitoes are breeding largely on the premises of companies or offices which remain locked during the lockdown. Hence, every office, company and house must take action to destroy mosquito breeding stations once in a week.
Closets which are not used should be cleaned once in a week.
The health department alerted that weekly cleaning of house and premises is the only option to prevent dengue fever. They also alerted that creating chances for mosquitoes to breed in surroundings is an offence which imposes a fine under public health act.