State plans door-to-door health awareness drive

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Bangalore: The health department will take up a door-to-door awareness drive on cleanliness and communicable diseases prevalent during summer across the State from the first week of May, Health and Family Welfare Minister U T Khader announced in Bangalore on Monday.

Briefing reporters after a meeting with officials of the health department, Khader said the drive would be spread across 10 days and will be held in two phases. Efforts would be made to reach each and every household in the State. Staff of public health centres, representatives of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), gram panchayat members and other representatives of local bodies would be involved in the drive, he said.

Khader said the rural development and panchayat raj department, besides the urban development department, will be roped in to take steps to keep the environment clean and ensure there is no water logging that could breed mosquitoes.He said there was no shortage of vaccines for monkey fever (Kyasanur forest disease).

The disease is especially prevalent in Shimoga and the surrounding districts.
A committee has been constituted to see whether the present restriction of not vaccinating those below five years and those above 60 years could be lifted.

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