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Spike in fever cases during monsoon: TN health department on high alert

Chennai, Oct 3 (BPNS)

The Tamil Nadu health department is on a high alert over the possibility of spike in fever cases when monsoon sets in this month’s middle or end. The department has directed people to wear masks regularly, to keep safe distancing, and also sanitize regularly.

The possibility of H1N1 Influenza, ordinary influenza, and Covid 19 diseases spreading during monsoon is also anticipated by the state health department.

Dr. Manonmani. G, Associate Professor in a private medical college in Chennai while speaking to BPNS said, “ The fever has taken a back seat in the state for the past few days. This is mainly due to the school vacation and the fever can be back in the state and extreme precaution is the need of the hour. People should clearly take seriously the health department’s directives.”

She also said that for the past week in her hospital this is mainly due to the pooja holidays with schools and colleges not functioning.

Dr. Swaminathan. R, Retired Professor, Madurai Medical  College while speaking to BPNS said, “ Of late some patients who have a fever are also reporting diarrhea and this is either due to instances of food poisoning or part of fever. The point to note is that the state has to gear up for the fever which is sure to resurface during the monsoon.”

Tamil Nadu minister for health and family welfare, Ma Subramanian while speaking to BPNS said, “People must stick to the directives given by the state health department. The health department is working hard but without people’s support nothing can materialize and hence everyone must bear in mind the directives given by the health department to prevent an outbreak.”

Doctors at the Institute of Child Health and Children Hospital, Egmore also cautioned the people to be wary of the rain-related fever in the state.

Dr. S. Srinivasan, Nodal Officer for Child Health told media persons that the number of fever cases that approach the hospital has come down to 10 a day from 80-90 a few days ago. However, he said that the fever can come back during the monsoon and called upon the people to be cautious.