THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala has called for large-scale people’s participation in the intense epidemic-control drive being implemented in the state.
All local-self government institutions have to take up the responsibility for conducting cleaning activities to prevent the outbreak of monsoon-related diseases and carry them out much effectively than in the previous years, the Home Minister said here on Monday after performing the state-level inauguration of the cleaning drive and mosquito-eradication programme.
The function was held at the Women and Children Hospital at Thycaud here.
The three-month-long drive to be conducted in public spaces, offices and institutions is being jointly implemented by the Health Department, Local-self Government Department and the National Rural Health Mission. Health Minister V S Sivakumar, who presided over the function, brushed aside the concerns over the spread of Coronavirus and said that facilities for the detection and treatment of people infected by the virus had been arranged in all major hospitals in the state.
District Medical Officers have been directed to provide medicines required for the treatment of monsoon-related diseases. In all aided and unaided schools, health assemblies will be conducted on Wednesdays for spreading awareness on epidemics and prevention and control activities. Cleaning of water resources will be conducted in the state from Thursday to prevent outbreak of water-borne diseases, the Health Minister said. The first set of bedspreads numbering 200, sponsored by Canara Bank, for the Thycaud Women and Children Hospital was received by Sivakumar from the bank General Manager P Balachandran. Ward councillors G Madhavadas, R Harikumar, Health Department director Dr P K Jameela, Additional Director Dr A S Pradeep Kumar, DMO Dr K N Sirabudeen, DPM Dr B Unnikrishnan and hospital superintendent Dr Jose G D’Cruz spoke on the occasion.