Bantwal, June 17: In view of the spread of contagious diseases in the taluk, Health and Family welfare minister UT Khadar visited Bantwal and held meetings with medical officials, PDOs and Asha workers. He also suggested precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease.
The minister has asked the people to visit the nearest health centre in case they suffer from fever and avail free medical check up and take medicines on time. He has also urged the people to cooperate with doctors in this regard.
He directed the department of rural development, department of health and local associations to join hands and work in a responsible manner. As school children and daily wage workers are busy during the six days attending classes and going to work respectively, they are unable to visit health centres. Hence the staff should work on Sundays to make it convenient for them, he said.
So far in the taluk, as many as 62 cases of dengue have been detected and 53 suspected dengue patients have been treated in different hospitals. They have been cured and discharged. Among 12 dengue patients, eight are admitted in BC Road and four people are admitted in Thumbe private hospital. No case of malaria is detected in the taluk, informed Khadar.
District health officer Dr Ramakrishna Rao said, the medical officers should visit various health centres in the taluk and gather information. They should work to control the spread of the disease. He asked the PDO’s to call meetings of cleanliness committees in the panchayat limits and give prominence to cleanliness. He suggested the hotels to provide warm drinking water to the customers and asked the PDOs to ensure it.
District health officer Dr Ramakrishna Rao, Taluk health officer Dr Manjunath, Taluk panchayat president Yashwanth D, vice-president Vilasini, Dakshina Kannada zilla panchayat deputy secretary N R Umesh, panchayat engineering department assistant executive engineer Girish K P were present.