24 hour service in PHC to treat peaple affected with Chikungunya

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Uppinangady, Karnataka, June 11 (UNI) Karnataka Minister for Health B Sriramulu today said that to provide treatment to the people affected with epidemic Chikungunya in the three taluks of Puttur, Belthangady and Sullya, services would be opened all 24 hours in the week in all Primary Health Centres (PHCs) and the government hospitals.

Speaking to reporters after visiting the PHC here where the patients with the complaints of fever and joints pain, he said that the proposed mobile health units would be operated immediately to serve especially rural affected people. The ministry had also decided to depute doctors from outside the district to combat the disease on war foot, he said.

The epidemic disease which was widespread in Daxina Kannada had now entered Uttar Kannada district. The ministry had taken all required step to control the spread of the disease and educate the people about precautionary measures to be taken against the disease which was highly epidemic in nature. In this view, awareness programmes for students would held in schools highlighting the importance of cleanliness in and around their houses, he added.

The officials accompanying the minister has informed that about 9000 people were suferring from Chikungunya in three taliks in Dakshina Kannada district.

As many as nine people were reportedly died due to attack of Chukungunya which was however disputed by the district health authorities.

Among the nine suspected chikungunya deaths reported in the taluk, five were from Kaniyur and its surrounding, two in Uppinangady and one each from Ramakunja and Kabaka. Among the nine died, five were woman and four men.

Despite heavy rain in the district which was believed to bring relief to the spread of disease, during the last two days, in Puttur taluk alone, 1950 cases of fever have been reported from 11 PHCs and private hospitals among which 356 cases were identified as suspected chikungunya disease.

In Surathkal on the outskirt of Mangalore city, six cases of suspected chikungunya were reported.

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