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Health dept gears upto fight dengue, malaria

punjab Updated: Mar 28, 2014 20:39 IST
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The district health department has set the ball rolling to fight vector-borne diseases ahead of monsoons and a meeting in this regard was held under the chairmanship of civil surgeon Dr Subhash Batta.

Dr Anil Verma, local epidemiologist, said that it was compulsory for all the medical institutions to inform the district health department about any case of malaria and dengue.

Dr Verma discussed about the malaria drug policy 2013 under which representatives of medical institutions were advised not to conduct rapid tests.

He said that radical treatment to the patients would be provided free of cost. All the medical institutions were asked to collect anti-malarial drugs and radical treatment for malaria positive cases from the civil surgeon office.

Dr Subhash Batta, civil surgeon, said that with monsoons in the offing, the rise in the humidity levels would lead to spurt in cases of dengue so blood and blood components should be made available around-the-clock. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent (ELISA) kits should be used for confirming dengue patients.

The representatives of medical institutions were also told that Lord Mahaivra Civil Hospital was conducting free ELISA test for dengue patients.

Dr Verma said that the local municipal commission was also told to do fogging from April 16 onwards. He said that with fogging the existing mosquitoes would not develop and thus the breeding of the mosquitoes could be controlled effectively.