DINDIGUL/MADURAI: As many as 17 persons have tested positive for the deadly dengue virus in Dindigul district and were admitted to the government hospital there.
Dindigul District Collector N Venkatachalam has made arrangements for a special ward exclusively to treat dengue cases at the government hospitals in Dindigul and Palani.
Soon after the new broke on Monday, he held a review meeting with the representatives of local bodies and the health officials and ordered them to clean up the water stagnation and carry out fogging in all residential areas regularly.
He urged people to use mosquito repellent creams, coils and mosquito nets. Patients with fever should approach the government hospital and test themselves for dengue, he added.
Meanwhile, the influx of patients suffering from dengue fever into the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) in Madurai has seen a decrease of late with no cases reported in the past three days.
Health officials in Madurai said that no dengue cases reported in the entire district in the past three days.
Dr A Pragadeshwaran, Resident Medical Officer (RMO), GRH, said that dengue cases in the neighbouring districts have come down drastically. Though 22 patients were admitted at the GRH for treatment, 11 were discharged, he said.
City Corporation and the district health officials were continuing their dengue prevention activities.
The health officials frequently visited the areas that had been short-listed as dengue prone.
The health department was collecting details of fever cases in all the villages and in any village where three people were reported to suffer from ordinary fever, the special team was rushed there for treatment.
Messages have been sent to all the Primary health centres in the district to screen all the fever cases for dengue.