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TS govt forms rapid response teams to curb spread of dengu, malaria in agency areas

Our Bureau, Hyderabad
Saturday, July 1, 2017, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

With the areas of Khammam, Mahabubnagar and other parts of Telangana state under the grip of seasonal diseases like dengue, malaria, typhoid and viral fevers, the medical health and family welfare department, government of Telangana has formed rapid response teams to conduct fever survey and organize medical camps wherever necessary in all the primary healthcare centers across the state.

For instance, in Khammam district, where there is a large population of tribals living in the agency areas and remote forest areas, the health department has formed 22 rapid response teams and has even set up a district level official to monitor the teams at the mandal level.

“Usually fever spreads rapidly during the rainy season. Particularly in agency areas the spread is very fast due to lack of awareness among the people. Keeping in view last year’s experience, we don’t want to take any chances this time. In order to gauge the situation we are conducting survey and launched all necessary precautionary measures to curb the viral fevers,” informed Dr. C. Laxma Reddy, Minister for Health and Family welfare.

Particularly, the agency areas are more prone to spread of viral fevers due to rapid increase in the mosquito population during the rainy season. As these areas are located in the hilly and remote forest regions, the tribal people are having lack of awareness about the seasonal diseases. In order to spread awareness, the health department is taking the help of 8th and 9th class students from the schools located in the agency areas to spread awareness about dengue, malaria and typhoid diseases and precautions to prevent them to the local people in the nearby villages.

“In order to increase awareness among the villagers about the fevers and to take up precautions, we are giving training to students of 8-9th class about fever and cleanliness. After completion of the training the students will visit villages in their school limits and hold meetings with the villagers and create awareness, “informed a senior health official.

As part of government’s measures to curb the spread of malaria and dengue, the health officials are releasing Gambusia fish in the nearby water ponds and tanks to mitigate mosquito population. The Gambusia fish are known for eating larva and prevent proliferation of mosquitoes. “We have bought 30,000 Gambusia fish and 2,000 MLO balls to be released in small water tanks and open plots and stagnant water bodies to kill mosquitoes. Indoor residual spray is also being done in more than 750 villages in the agency areas, “informed the official.


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