BELGAUM: As many as 100 Chikungunya suspected cases were reported from four villages of Hukkeri Taluk. Among hundred suspected cases, four are confirmed cases. District health officials have taken all precautionary measures to control the disease.
According to district health official sources, there were no cases of Chikungunya in the district for the past two years, that is in 2012 and 2011 but this year already the district have reported nearly 6 cases. There are nearly 100 suspected Chikungunya cases in 4 villages of Hukkeri Taluk; Gejapati, Guthugutti, Rajagatti and Yellapur villages. The population of four villages put together is approximately 5000. All the four villages come under Islamphur Public Health Centre. The outbreak was reported on May 29, just eight cases were reported but now even though the health officials have taken all precautionary steps, the suspected number as gone up to 100.
When many people came to health centre with similar symptoms, health officials became alert and inspected the villages. The district administration has taken all precautionary measures to tackle the disease. The district health officer Dr Dileep Kumar Munoli, Dr Jagadish Nuchin, District Surveillance Officer, Dr Rajanish Meti, District Epidemiologist visited the villages and took stock of the prevailing condition and have made necessary arrangements to tackle the disease. The health officials also conducted house-to-house larva survey. Apart from this fogging was also conducted. The health department have also set mobile clinic in the villages and started giving treatment to all the people in the villages. Four doctors have been deputed in the village to tackle Chikungunya.
Due to scarcity of water, the people in villages store the water for longer duration without proper cover. Due to lack of covering, the mosquito are groomed. Hence, the health officials have called upon the people to keep water container properly closed, so that there will be no room for mosquitoes to get in.