Report on contagious diseases, says DC

Maintain cleanliness in villages to contain spread of diseases

A senior district official has expressed unhappiness over non-reporting of contagious diseases. In spite of having very good medical facilities, it is disappointing to note that contagious diseases are not reported in time, said Deputy Commissioner Dr N S Chanappa Gowda.

He was speaking after inaugurating the workshop on prevention and control of Dengue fever at Deputy Commissioner's office in Mangalore on Monday.

Many times information on people suffering with contagious diseases reaches the district administration when the situation assumes dangerous level. The delay in flow of information and filing of report affects planning of preventive measures. It is the duty of every hospital and doctor to give the report on contagious diseases to the Health and Family Welfare Department  right in time, he said.

Even though the prevalence of Malaria and Dengue is more in cities, villages should not neglect the problem. One should maintain cleanliness in the villages and prevent the spread of these diseases, stressed Zilla Panchayat CEO Dr K N Vijayprakash.All the Gram Panchayats in DK district have received the 'Nirmal Gram Puraskar'.

Sanitation parks have come up in 10 villages and five villages are already converting waste into manure, he informed. Total sanitation has been planned in 30 villages and this will be implemented within three months. Liquid waste management plant will be set up in Kadaba and Ujire, he said.

The doctors in the district should create an awareness on different communicable diseases. Many diseases spread due to migration of labourers. The doctors should take this problem as a challenge and find solutions, he said.

Resource person of the workshop Dr Chakrapani said that the Dengue infection is transmitted by the bite of an infected female mosquito- Aedes Aegypti. Mosquito generally acquire the virus while feeding on the blood of an infected person. An infected mosquito is capable of transmitting the virus to susceptible individuals for the rest of its life. Usually urban areas having population density, poor sanitation are at high risk, he said.

Pediatrician Dr Balakrishna Rao, Microbiologist Veena, Senior medical practitioners Dr Prasad Bhandary, Dr Vasanth Baliga spoke on the occassion.

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