A series of measures has been initiated in Madurai district on Friday to fight the threatening dengue fever.
While the Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) here has set up a special 50-bed ward to treat dengue cases, the Government Hospital at Melur intensified its fever surveillance and treatment in the badly affected Melur block.
N. Mohan, GRH Dean, said on Friday that Ward 205 in the hospital’s main campus has been completely revamped and earmarked for admitting dengue patients, both confirmed and suspected cases.
“Dengue positive cases are still coming in and patients are being referred to us from various places. Patients who are recovering soon are discharged and the special ward will help in giving focused attention to deal with dengue fever cases,” he said.
The exclusive 50-bed ward, which was earlier used for orthopaedics, has been refurbished to give a complete new look. Special steps have been taken to keep mosquitoes away from this ward. If fever patients continued to be on the rise, the GRH authorities are ready to provide additional space for admitting the dengue suspected persons for treatment.
In Melur block, the Joint Director of Public Health P.Vadivelan reviewed the mosquito control activities meant to reduce the breeding sources.
“Our team of health inspectors and village health nurses had concentrated in A.Vellalapatti village visiting homes and remove mosquito breeding sources in backyards. The work will continue in that village on Saturday,” he said.
The Government Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital at Tirumangalam too had joined the drive against dengue by distributing medicines in affected areas on Friday.
A.Gopalakrishnan, Principal in-charge, has said that the college staff had conducted dengue prevention camps at Mohamadiapuram in Melur block and also in Thirumangalam area. Homoeopathic medicines to prevent dengue fever were distributed to 1,600 persons. Another homoeopathy camp will be conducted in Therkutheru.I doubt that a homeopathic campaign against dengue will do much good.