TIRUNELVELI: With the death of an infant due to dengue on Wednesday, the number of fever deaths has increased to 29 in Tirunelveli district. On Tuesday, Hari Prasath, a one-and-a-half-year-old baby boy from Mela Puliyangudi, was admitted to the Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital (TMCH), where he died on Wednesday night.
A doctor at the hospital said the baby was brought to the TMCH in the advanced stage, after being provided treatment at a private hospital. Tirunelveli Deputy Director of Medical Services J Nirmalson, who is on deputation told Express that mass cleaning and anti-larval activities had been completed in all schools in Tirunelveli district. As such, parents need not worry about sending their children to schools in the wake of the rpidemic , he added.
Rally at Ooty
Health workers of the Ooty Municipality accompanied by students took out a rally flagged off by the Collector, to create an awareness about the prevention of dengue fever on Thursday.
Officials advised the public to keep concrete tanks and drums clean on their premises. Residents were also asked to keep the tanks and drums covered with a lid. The public were instructed to dispose of worn-out tyres, old utensils, unusable pots and flower pots, coconut shells and air conditioner boxes.
“It is the first time that this summer, fogging was done many times in tourists spots... We have deputed a number of health workers to carry out fogging and pour solutions in water stagnant places to eliminate the breeding of mosquitoes. No dengue case has been reported from the district so far,” said a health official.