Health secy says 35 died of dengue, minister says not all fever is dengue

Dengue deaths: TN on high alert

The Tamil Nadu government has put the state on high alert following a reported rise in the incidents of dengue. The threat of dengue outbreak has gripped the state, with Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur recording a high number of cases.

The dengue fever is under control in the state and the disease could be cured when the patients report to government hospitals on time, said Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar during his surprise inspection at Thoothukudi medical college hospital.

Vijayabaskar told reporters that the government had intensified fever prevention measures across the state. “Of the 47 patients admitted for fever at Thoothukudi government medical college hospital, two had tested positive for dengue,” he said adding appropriate treatments have been given to the patients.

The State government on Tuesday told the Madras High Court that 38,069 cases of dengue had been officially reported in the State since 2015, and 96 dengue deaths were reported in Tamil Nadu since 2015.

A total of 2,951 persons have been treated for dengue in Tamil Nadu from January 2019, as per Tamil Nadu’s Health Secretary Dr Beela Rajesh. She was speaking to reporters after conducting inspection at the Stanley Medical College and Hospital in Chennai.

“We have 2,951 cases of dengue so far. Our target this time is zero dengue deaths. If people get admitted in the early stages of dengue, we can cure them and send them home,” she told the reporters. Adding that the department is also focussed on reducing the source of dengue infections, she said.

Beela added: “This year we have also involved school students to be the eyes and ears of the department. They will help us increase community-level participation and awareness in households.”

Two children, Nandhini (5) from Mathur village and Monisha (9) from Thandalam in Thiruvallur district died of suspected dengue on Tuesday. Hospitals have been stocked with enough medicines, while health officers have been asked to closely watch the situation and take necessary steps.