CHENNAI: Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has initiated many measures to prevent the outbreak of fevers like dengue, chikungunya, malaria etc. during the ensuing north-east monsoon season. He has given directions to key departments in this regard. The State government has appealed to the public to cooperate with the government in preventing spread of these diseases by keeping their surroundings and water resources clean.
An official release issued here said people should ensure that there is no water stagnation in front of their houses. Cleaning the water tanks to prevent water contamination, drinking only boiled water, covering the water vessels so that mosquitoes don’t spread over them would avoid diseases. “People suffering from all kinds of fever should immediately go to the nearby Primary Health Centre or the medical camp or the government hospital and get themselves checked”, release added.
Mazdoors have been appointed through the departments of Health and Rural Development to carry out steps to eliminate mosquito menace in its breeding places. Sufficient medicines and mosquito repellents have also been provided. District level Elisa test centres are functioning to identify dengue fever. Besides, steps have been taken to provide Nilavembu Kudineer, a Siddha medicine for curing chikungunya fever. Apart from these, special team of doctors have been sent to the places where the occurrence of fever is reported.
People can lodge complaints about occurrence of any fever by dialling 104 or can contact the following numbers: 9444340496, 9361482898, 044-24350496, 044-24334810. On receipt of information, government will take all steps to contain fever.
The high-level meeting held on October 13, was chaired by the Chief Minister and was attended by senior Ministers - R Viswanathan, R Vaithilingam, K Palanisamy, SP Velumani, C Vijaya Baskar, Chief Secretary Mohan Verghese Chunkath and Secretaries of other Departments.