Thiruvananthapuram, June 18 (BPNS)
With the arrival of monsoon in the state, fever cases have also gone up. After a 50 year old woman died due to rat fever on Sunday. The total number of deaths due to dengue and rat fever in the state has touched 23 in the last two weeks.
Sujatha (50) from Kodumanchira in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala died due to rat fever at Kottayam medical college on Sunday morning.
According to unconfirmed reports, around one lakh fifty thousand people are admitted to various hospitals across the state due to fever including dengue and rat fever. Bacterial and Viral diseases are also spreading in the state and the state health department has already issued a directive to people not to resort to self medication and to consult a medical doctor.
877 dengue fever cases were reported from across the state in the past few days.
It may be noted that the local bodies have failed to clean up water bodies and drainages before the monsoon and this has led to an increase in the presence of mosquitoes and rats leading to the spread of contagious diseases.
The commercial capital of Kerala, Kochi is reeling under the issue of waste management with piles of waste mounting in all areas of the city.
State health minister, Veena George has asked people working in the fields to wear gloves and to use boots to prevent rat bites as also to consume one ‘Doxycycline’ tablet once a week.
With the increase in fever cases in the state and the death toll mounting, the state health department has embarked on a mission to bring the fever under control. The Director of Health Services is in touch with all the District medical officers to curb the spread of fever in the state.