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Viral fever: Kerala seeks Army's help

CM VS Achuthanandan says information from Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts has put the casualty at 36.

india Updated: Jun 10, 2007 03:03 IST

Kerala government has sought the army medical teams' assistance to cope with the spread of a viral fever to many parts of the state that has claimed at least 36 lives.

Defence medical teams from Secunderabad and Chennai are expected to arrive in the state on Sunday on a request by the state government as fever-affected patients continued to pour into hospitals, especially in Kottayam and Pathanamthitta districts.

After an all-party meet convened to discuss the situation, Chief Minister VS Achuthanandan said information from the two worst-hit districts, including media reports, put the casualty at 36.

According to official sources, Defence Minister AK Antony has offered to make available the Army's help to tackle the situation based on a request from state Health Minister PK Sreemathi.

A state-wide cleanliness campaign with the co-operation of political parties, medical fraternity NGOs and defence personnel would be launched from June 12. The campaign would focus on mosquito-control, removal of wastes and curb on use of plastics.

The government offered to release more funds for hospitals to purchase medicines and step up facilities to deal with the fever. One month's free ration would be provided to people in affected areas.