IN THE wake of spread of Chikun Gunya in some neighbouring districts in the division and arrival of monsoon, the district health authorities have launched a special awareness drive.
With monsoon season bringing the highest rate of inflictions like jaundice, malaria and conjunctivitis the authorities concerned have launched a drive emphasizing that ‘precaution is better than cure’.
According to Joint Director Health Dr Manorma Choudhary the department has begun its exercise of reaching out to the common man by creating awareness about the causes of various diseases, which more often than not stem from common and avoidable reasons.
The department had sent its own team, on directives from Bhopal, to Chikun Gunya affected regions in the division of Sendhwa, Barwani and Burhanpur and blood samples of the affected have been sent to the special laboratory in Delhi
from where reports are awaited.
She expressed hope that the spread of Chikun Gunya would be stopped, as the spread of bird flu had been restricted. She said like bird flu which had spread from neighbouring Maharashtra and only affected the adjoining district of Burhanpur, this disease too has come from Maharashtra and at present was restricted to districts bordering that state though its reach was quite wide spreading from Chhindwara to Burhanpur.
Chief Medical Health Officer (CMHO) Dr KK Vijayvergiya said that extra vigil was being kept across all health centres. Health workers have been given clear instructions of reporting all kinds of fever cases and send blood samples for testing. Patients suffering from fever are being immediately administered chlorophine and paracetamol.
Health workers ranging from the village, block and district level have begun alerting the people through pamphlets, seminars and door-to-door campaigns regarding precautionary measures to be taken during this season.
As most diseases are water borne people are being advised to drink clean water and chlorine tablets are being made available across all kinds of health centres, dispensaries and even at Anganwadi worker level.
Combat teams including doctors and paramedical staff have been formed at both district and block levels to rush and investigate any supposed outbreak of disease and help start combative measures.
The ‘edaes egytiple’ species of mosquito thriving in fresh water is responsible for the Chikun Gunya fever and therefore, attention is being paid to stop water accumulation.
The health authorities in conjunction with municipal authorities have begun spraying DDT and pouring burnt oil in order to form a pollutive layer over ditches and roadside water holes to stop them from turning into a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
District Malaria Officer (DMO) Dr Jinwal said that the department had recently conducted ‘malaria week’ under which preventive measures of all kinds were taken. This advance exercise would be of essence in stopping any kind of malaria including Chikun Gunya. He said that no alarming increase in number of patients had been reported so far.