The fever epidemic in the state is totally under control, said Health Minister V S Sivakumar at a review meeting to analyse the reports from various Assembly constituencies. The meet discussed over 95 reports from different constituencies.
The Minister said that enough and more people have been appointed for the prevention and treatment of epidemics. He said the health sector is ready to face any crisis.
As many as 1,270 persons have already been appointed including 122 doctors, 368 nurses, 135 lab technicians, 108 pharmacists and 232 cleaning staff. Apart from this, in order to enhance the preventive measures, as many as 221 junior health inspectors and 84 spraymen have been appointed.
All Primary Heath Centres have been provided with medicines and IV fluids.
The Minister also said that the diagnostic kits for dengue fever have been made available to various hospitals in the state. Sivakumar said that while most of the fever cases in the state are in the districts of Malappuram, Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram, a good majority of the cases are viral fevers that are less complicated. The viral fever also subsides in about three days.
The Minister said that the coastal areas of Thiruvananthapuram are now relatively free of fever epidemic. However, follow-up measures will continue. The meeting was attended by Health Secretary Rajiv Sadanandan, NRHM director Dr M Beena, additional directors of Health Services Dr A Pradeep Kumar and Dr Prabha Chandran Nair, DMO Dr T Peethambaran and NRHM district programme manager Dr B Unnikrishnan.
The Minister said that the meetings of other constituencies will be held soon.