Minister holds review meeting
Funds released for purchase of
BANGALORE: Nine cases of chikungunya and five cases of dengue have been reported in Bangalore during the last four months and the State Government has taken steps to prevent the spread of diseases.
Minister for Transport R. Ashok, who is also the Minister in-charge for Bangalore Urban district, said nine cases of chikungunya, the viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes, had been reported from Shantinagar, Siddapur, Gowripalya, Rajajinagar, Jagjivan Ram Nagar, Anjanapur and Jayanagar localities in the city.
Mr. Ashok held a review meeting with officials of the Health and Family Welfare Department and Bruhat Bangalore Manahagara Palike (BBMP) and directed them take steps to check the spread of epidemics.
There is no vaccine or treatment available for the viral infection and prevention is the best measure.Appeal
The department officials have appealed to the public to use clean containers and drums for storing water and thus prevent the breeding of mosquitoes in the stored water.
People infected with chikungunya will have to remain out of normal activity at least for a few days.
In some patients, the disease cannot be controlled for a few weeks.
Mr. Ashok said the department had released Rs. 4,000 each to all gram panchayats in the State to purchase fogging machines.
Campaigns had been launched in the State to create awareness among the people about the disease and precautionary steps to be taken to prevent it.Laboratory
A laboratory has been upgraded at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHNS), Bangalore, to study blood samples of the victims, Mr. Ashok said.
A State-level surveillance committee meets every month to take stock of the measures taken up by the district-level surveillance committees.
All local bodies have been directed to maintain cleanliness both in rural and urban areas to prevent the spread of diseases, Madan Gopal, Principal Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare said.
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