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Kerala’s health minister assesses the state of the districts’ health and advises prudence

With the temperatures and summer rains posing a danger for communicable illnesses, Health Minister Veena George has emphasized the need of efficient departmental cooperation.

 

She emphasized the need of carrying out extensive cleaning operations with the help of local organizations, making sure that public spaces and hostels are hygienic as required by the Kerala Public Health Act, and cleaning drinking water sources such as wells.

According to the minister, efforts to ensure that schools have clean water and food safety will be given more attention.

Treatment guidelines have to be well followed. Hospitals will begin offering specialized fever clinics in addition to having more isolation beds available, according to Veena. Hospitals have to keep an eye on medicine supplies and notify authorities if they drop below 30%.

The minister gave the orders to district authorities at a high-level meeting.

“Those who violate the Kerala Public Health Act will face consequences.” It is the responsibility of those in charge to maintain safe public water supplies. They should thus be chlorinated on a regular basis. Jaundice patients should take it easy for six weeks to prevent recurrent infections. It was also intended to make the awareness-raising efforts stronger. The directions said that public awareness should be raised via campaigns.

District medical officials provided reports on the state of affairs in their respective districts and the preventative actions that had been implemented during the meeting.

The regions of Ernakulam, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Kannur, Pathanamthitta, and Palakkad have been the most often reported instances of jaundice.

There will be a publication of a dengue hotspot list. In order to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds, the minister urged for the correct observation of dry days in conjunction with local authorities and public involvement.

Precautions against rat sickness were demanded during the conference. Activities aimed at preventing avian flu in the districts of Alappuzha, Kottayam, and Pathanamthitta were also covered.

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