K'taka Govt gives Rs 2 cr to fight Chikungunya in dist

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Sullya, Karnataka, Jun 7 (UNI) The Karnataka Government has released Rs two crore under the Chief Minister Calamity Fund to fight Chikungunya in Dakshina Kannada District, Minister Krishna Palemar said today.

Addressing officers after visiting affected places and patients in government hospital along with BJP State President D V Sadananda Gowda, he said the government had already released Rs 46 lakh to control the disease, including for fogging, spraying and free distribution of medicines to the patients in Sullya, Puttur and Belthangady Taluks.

Arrangements would be made for free distribution of ten kg rice to each family of BPL category in the three affected taluks.

Mr Gowda, who also spoke, blamed the district administration for not taking adequate precautionary steps to control the disease though it was first reported during February last.

As the people's representatives and political leaders could not take any direct action when the disease took alarming proportion during April and May due to model code of conduct, the district administration with the assistance of Health Department could have tackled the problem and prevented the spread of the disease, he said.

He said orders have been placed with a company in Raichur for the supply of 100 fogging machines to destroy mosquitoes.

Both Mr Palemar and Mr Gowda warned of action against those officials who failed to work sincerely and with commitment in controlling the disease.

Earlier the officials from the Health Department who admitted that every family in all 41 villages were affected, failed to give accurate statistics.

According to the officials, the number of fever cases reported in government hospitals and Primary Health Centres was 15,000 while one one estimate put the affected in the four taluks (including Bantwal) at over one lakh.

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