Rapid Response Teams launched to combat dengue and other viral fevers

Jul 4, 2017

Mysuru: To combat the alarming dengue and viral fever cases including Chikungunya across the district especially in the city where 50 percent of dengue cases have been reported, the district health department in association with city corporation launched the additional Rapid Response Team in front of District Health Office here on Monday.

Dr. B Basavaraj, District Health Officer, speaking after the launch said, “During the last two months, there is a rise in the number of viral and dengue fever cases. Usually to combat viral fever, every year we used to manage with three Rapid Response Teams but this year due to alarming number of viral cases which are being reported almost everyday, based on district administration’s direction we have come out with 18 such teams of which nine teams will be operating in Mysuru city itself where majority of dengue cases have been reported. Each team will comprise of four to five members and they will be assisted by the Primary Health Centres concerned. These teams will go door to door and create awareness about dengue and more importantly how to eradicate the larvae. Everyday, the team will be functioning from 9.30 am to 2 pm. In case of any outbreak, the team will visit the place and take all necessary steps to avoid fever spreading to other places. When the team visits the residence, people should cooperate and follow the instructions. If this is done, in days to come we can definitely bring down fever cases.”

“The number of dengue cases are more in the city. Though the houses look neat and clean from outside when we went inside we found the larva in air-conditioner, pots and stored water. Hence people should not store water for more than three days. If clean water including rain water is stagnated in particular place for more than three days, there are bright chances for larva to grow which inturn would infect people. During the season, there will be more number of cases. If there was heavy rain there would have been less scope for larva to mushroom but unfortunately we are not witnessing heavy rain across the district which is conducive for larvae to grow. Among the 1503 samples which were tested, 279 of them were confirmed dengue cases in the district”, added Dr. Basavaraj.