Sanitation drive to check monsoon diseases begins in Thrissur

Thrissur, Kerala, May 20, 2014: The district administration has launched a sanitation drive to check monsoon-related diseases.

Therambil Ramakrishnan, MLA, inaugurated the drive at the Government General Hospital here on Monday.

The sanitation programme will be implemented in all the wards and blocks.

Mr. Ramakrishnan said that a well-prepared plan should be in place for tackling transmission of infectious diseases. “Monsoon will soon be here. And we should be prepared,” he said.

The speakers said that hospitals should stock enough drugs to treat common diseases that occur during the monsoon.

Health workers will carry out door-to-door awareness programmes. Special squads will make surprise visits in various blocks to review their monsoon preparedness.

The Health Department has prescribed treatment protocols for monsoon diseases. Diagnosis kits will be made available.

A pre-monsoon disinfection drive of water bodies will be conducted. Water sources, including open wells, ponds and drinking water tanks will be chlorinated. Health officials will ensure super chlorination of disease-prone areas.

People’s representatives demanded that screening camps for diseases such as filariasis and malaria should be conducted at the work sites of migrant labourers. A large number of migrant labourers from Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Bihar and West Bengal are engaging in the construction sector in the district.

Monsoon-related diseases that are spread by mosquitoes and rats are dengue fever, chikungunya, Japanese encephalitis and leptospirosis. Viral fever is transmitted through air.

Health officials said that people should keep the premises of their residences clean. There should be no water stagnation as it may lead to breeding of mosquitoes. Water tanks should be cleaned up regularly.

Sanitation workers who are likely to come into contact with contaminated water have been directed to get vaccinated against rat fever. People have been asked not to dump waste on roads.

Mounds of waste seen in different parts of the city are a cause for concern. Mounds of trash breed rats, flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches and other insects that carry diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, hepatitis, typhus and others.

Mayor Rajan Pallan presided over the event.

Corporation Health Committee Chairman K. Gireesh Kumar, councillor Annam John, Indian Medical Association secretary Santhosh Babu, District Medical Officer V.V. Venus, Government General Hospital superintendent N.K. Kuttappan and Deputy District Medical Officer Baby Lakshmi were present. (Source: The Hindu)

20-05-2014 | Posted by Admin