May 28, 2012:
A six-member medical team from the Union health ministry visited the dengue-prone areas of Tirunelveli to study the gravity of the situation and submit a report to the ministry.
Meanwhile, conscious of health risks posed by dengue spread in districts, besides pest and rodent menace in public premises like hospitals, malls and cinema theatres, the Chennai Corporation is planning to fog those premises, for a small fee, soon.
Fifteen more persons with suspected dengue fever have been admitted to hospitals in Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore districts even as health authorities carried out fogging and spraying operations to contain the spread of the disease.
In Chennai, three more cases were reported taking the total number of cases detected in the city to 129 this year. Health officials said that the patients were responding to treatment. Screening camps have been organised at major railway stations as the authorities were worried that people from the southern region coming to city could be bringing the virus along with them.
The Centre will assist Tamil Nadu Government in eradicating dengue outbreak, Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare S Gandhiselvan said.
Talking to newspersons here today after inspecting Tirunelveli Government Medical College Hospital, where more than 100 people affected by dengue fever were undergoing treatment, he said the Centre was ready to provide medicines and other assistance if the state government made a representation stating the requirements.