Chennai Corporation going extra mile to detect dengue cases

It is learnt that the Chennai Corporation has stopped the flow of over-the-counter drugs after having meeting with pharmacy owners.

Published: 14th September 2017 02:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th September 2017 09:17 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: The  city has recorded 104 cases of dengue since January 2017 and the Chennai  Corporation is facing difficulties in detecting the cases as people are  approaching pharmacies rather than approaching doctors. It is learnt that the Chennai Corporation has stopped the flow of over-the-counter drugs after having meeting with pharmacy owners.

City  Health Officer Dr N A Senthil Nathan told Express that people often  subdued the symptoms like fever by self medication. This makes it  difficult to identify cases of dengue, he added.
“The  intermittent rains and fluctuating temperatures have spiked cases of  fever in the recent days but dengue cases confirmed in relation are very  small in number,” said Dr Senthil Nathan.
Since the number of confirmed cases remain small, a pattern hasn’t emerged and the cases remain to be sporadic, he said.

The  focus is now on tracking the cases rather than trying to prevent the  disease as it is impossible to sanitise people in every nook and corner, said  Senthil Nathan Meanwhile,  the Chennai Corporation has urged the people not to downplay the symptoms  of dengue and report rainwater stagnation to curtail the spread of  disease. “Most  people are apprehensive of taking help from our ground workers to check for domestic water stagnation. Only when a case from their  area props up they become serious and cooperate with our workers,” he  said.

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