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Steps to contain viral fever

By Our Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, MAY 24. Steps have been taken for the effective control of viral fever and other infectious diseases in the State.

At a meeting convened by the Health Minister, Kadavoor Sivadasan, on Monday, it was decided to start viral fever clinics at all district, taluk hospitals and major community health centres from tomorrow.

Medicines have been made available at all these places and the District Medical Officers have been given sanction to spend up to Rs. 50,000 for buying more medicines if required. Infectious diseases cells have also been formed at the district and State-level. The Minister suggested that information about various diseases should be informed in these cells.

The following are the numbers of the infectious diseases cells in various districts.

Thiruvananthapuram: 0471-2473257/2471291, Kollam: 0474-2799299/2795017, Alappuzha: 0477-2252329/ 2251650, Pathanamthitta: 0468-2228220/ 2222682, Idukki: 0486-2233030, Kottayam: 0481-2562923/2562778, Ernakulam: 0484-2369567/2360802/2373616, Thrissur: 0487-2333050/2333242/2321012,

Palakkad: 0491-2534189/2525789/2533264, Malappuram: 0483-2766857, Kozhikode: 0495-2370494/2370540, Wayanad: 0493- 5240390, Kannur: 0497-2700709/2700194, Kasaragod: 0467- 2203118.

The Minister also directed that the vacancies in hospitals be filled up on contract basis. The service of retired doctors may also be utilised on a contract basis, the District Medical Officers have been told.

The DMOs have also been asked to give daily reports on viral fever and other infectious diseases.

Directives have also been given for the maintenance of a fever register in all hospitals.

All DMOs have been sanctioned Rs. 8 lakhs each for organising control activities to check viral fever.

Each district would also be given Rs. 74,000 each for the control of dengue fever and Japanese encephalitis.

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