Mangaluru: July 5, 2015: Taking serious note of continuing reports on dengue deaths in Dakshina Kannada, department of health and family welfare has decided to constitute rapid response teams at the district, taluk and primary health centre levels.
The teams will visit the respective affected areas, households where cases of fever have been reported and also take steps for source reduction of vectors if such a source is found in the immediate vicinity of affected areas.
Announcing this on Sunday, minister for health and family welfare U T Khader said the district team will consist of district surveillance officer, district vector borne diseases control officer, epidemiologist, and entomologist. The team at taluk level will consist of taluk health officer, senior health assistants - male and female, and at the primary health centre level - medical officer of the PHC and the junior health assistant attached to the PHC, he said.
The teams will survey around 50 households in a 500 metre radius around the household of dengue affected person, carry out due examination and provide treatment. The junior health assistants and Asha workers will go in for vector source reduction in the 50 households. The department with assistance from local self governance bodies, be it panchayati raj institutions or urban local bodies will carry out fogging using a 2% pyrethrum solution, Khader said.
The department has equipped itself with fogging machines with seven machines allotted to two teams in Mangaluru taluk, four machines to two teams each in Puttur, Bantwal, and Belthangady taluks respectively; and two machines to two teams in Sullia taluk. Department has already covered 2,100 households by carrying out fogging in the affected areas. IEC activities too have been stepped up to create awareness among the masses, the minister noted.