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Health department on alert as Dengue cases rise in Coimbatore

Health department on alert as Dengue cases rise in Coimbatore

The district administration has intensified its preventive measures after 13 dengue cases were reported in the last 11 days. While six dengue cases were reported from Maniyakarampalayam, Thudiyalur, Town Hall, Singanallur and a few more areas in the city corporation limits, seven more cases were reported from the semi-urban and rural parts of the district from September 1 to 11.

Seven cases, including a ten-year-old child, are active and being treated at the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital and private hospitals. “People should not take self-medicines for fever. They must visit nearby primary health centres (PHCs) if they feel feverish. Blood samples will be collected for clinical tests if fever is not subdued even after medication. We have been closely monitoring the 13 cases in the district,” said Dr P Aruna, deputy director of health services, Coimbatore district.

She said the health department officials have approached the office-bearers of temples, churches, and mosques to convey the preventive measures to devotees. “We have a tie-up with scrap dealers across the district. They would visit houses door-to-door to collect scraps, tyres, and other waste products from the households. It will help us prevent waterlogging and the spread of dengue,” Aruna said.

Mass cleaning activities are conducted at various places in the district. The local bodies are advised to clean the water tanks and supply water mixed with chlorination. Utensils filled with water should be kept closed, and people should cooperate with the health department to prevent dengue, she said. “To increase platelet counts, patients are advised to take Nilavembu Kudineer and papaya leaf juice. People are advised to contact the medical helpline toll-free number – 104 round-the-clock for any health-related issues,” Aruna said.

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Coimbatore collector Kranthi Kumar Pati told that there was no cluster of dengue in the district. “We have been taking various preventive measures across the district to prevent dengue,” he said.

 

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