Mangaluru, June 20: Dengu and Malaria awareness jatha was jointly organized by the Zilla Panchayat, District hospital, Mangaluru City Corporation and other government departments in the city on June 19th.
Zilla Panchayat CEO PI Shreevidya flagged off the procession which began from Tagore Park and culminated the DC’s office here.
District vector borne diseases control officer Dr Arun Kumar said, from January to May 2015, about 200 cases of suspected dengue has been reported, 55 cases are claimed to be confirmed as dengue and 1,960 malaria cases have been detected.
He advised the people to go for blood tests in case of fever. Dengue is caused by the mosquito Aedes aegypti. In case of dengue, the symptoms are treated. While in case of Malaria, blood test is followed by immediate treatment.
June is observed as malaria prevention month. Awareness programmes are being organized at each taluk of the district to educate the public’s on malria and dengue. The health department has undertaken fogging with two mobile teams deployed for the work in each taluk.
District health and family welfare officer Ramakrishna Rao, district Surgeon Dr H R Rajeshwari Devi, senior health assistant Bhaskar Rao and others had participated.