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Dengue Alert: Heath dept focus on cleanliness drive

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Jamshedpur, Aug. 10: Concerned over detection of spurt of dengue cases in the city, health department officials held a meeting with the other senior health department officials� to take stock of the patients suffering from dengue in various hospitals in the city.

The focus was on preventive measures to be taken to stop spreading of diseases like dengue fever in the district.

An official said that special teams have been constituted to create awareness in the district about dengue, their symptoms and ways to tackle them. The team will start a door-to door campaign. He said primary health centres in the district had been given adequate medicines.

He appealed to the people to approach doctors and medical professionals if they had symptoms of the two diseases. The district administration had issued a circular, giving information about dengue and preventive measures to be taken by the people.

An official said the disease was preventable if one could escape mosquito bites and urged the people to adopt precautionary measures such as use of mosquito nets, fully covering the body with clothes, and use of mosquito repellents.

The dengue has already taken its toll in the steel city and three more case have taken detected from the slum areas with the past 49 hours.

As the disease has no established pattern of treatment, the people in the slum areas are weary of preventive measures being taken up in the face of the sprayed of dengue virus.

Prior to this the administration today was prompted to launch a drive to prevent spread of the killer disease in slums and suburban areas.

The district civil surgeon and other senior administrative officials moved around different slums located� especially in the areas where no civic body exists and tried to make the people aware about the dengue and how to save themselves from the menace.

The civil surgeon asked the residents to form small groups themselves and make others aware as to how to keep the environment clean so that the mosquito-breeding can be curbed effectively.

“We need to understand that mosquitoes that carry the virus of dengue do not come from outside, rather they generate from the household things like flower-pots, coolers water, rejected tyre kept on the roof top or in the corner of the garden.

So we must ensure that there is no such place where water is stagnant for sometime,” said noted the residents.

On this occasion, the administration distributed pamphlets among those attended the meeting.� The pamphlets had the contents of preventive measures that the residents have to take themselves like removing the stagnant water, wearing full-sleeve shirt and full pants, keeping

indoor in the early morning and during twilight period.

Similar meetings were also held at Birsangar, Baridih Bustee, Carriage Colony and at certain places in Govindpur where people live in bustees in a great number without any civic facilities like clean drinking water supply, drainage or sewerage system.

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