Monsoon showers diseases on Karimnagar

With the advent of monsoon, seasonal diseases such as dengue, malaria, mosquito-borne viral diseases and gastroenteritis are on the rise in various parts of Karimnagar district.

Private and government hospitals are packed with patients suffering from fever due to change in weather conditions.

Five dengue cases

Even before the district can recover from the shock of reporting more than 160 dengue cases in government hospitals and over 1,000 cases in private hospitals in 2017 monsoon, the authorities have recorded five positive cases of dengue at the government headquarters hospital in Karimnagar town.

The fresh cases were reported from Huzurabad, Sircilla and Manthani mandals. Add to that a high incidence of malaria positive cases in Karimnagar town.

Shortage of doctors

In these circumstances, the issue of doctor shortage in government hospitals has come to the fore.

Of a total 16 government hospitals in the district, 13 out of 53 doctor posts are vacant. Even as dengue cases are on the rise, the government headquarters hospital is yet to open a special ward for such patients.

Poor sanitation

A doctor associated with the Association of Physicians of India-Karimnagar chapter attributed the sudden increase in seasonal diseases to poor sanitation following incessant rain and mosquito breeding.

Swinging into action, Collector Sarfaraz Ahmad has constituted three rapid response teams in Karimnagar urban areas and two teams in the semi-urban areas to control vector-borne diseases.

In a press note on Monday, the Collector said supervisor N. Srinivas Karna would cover the Vidyanagar and Sapthagiri colony in Karimnagar town along with paramedical staff of Urban Primary Health Centre (UPHC), while Ch. Lingaiah would cover Butti Raja Ram Colony and Mumtaz Khan Colony with the support of UPHC and A. Srinivas would cover Housing Board Colony and Kattarampur.

Medical officer Dr. Srikanth would cover Chinthakunta, Malkapur, Laxmipur, Rekurthy, Arepalli and Seetharampur villages in Karimnagar rural area.

Medical officer Dr. Greeshmanya would cover Theegalaguttapally, Gopalpur, Bommakal, Priyadarshini colony and Gunturupally villages.

Besides, DMHO Dr. Sujatha, DSO (IDSP) KV Pawan Kumar Reddy and Manjula, district epidemiologist M. Sri Jyothi, microbiologist Shiva Krishna, physician K. Srinivas and pediatrician Dr. Ajay Kumar would also be part of the rapid response team.

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