Medical Department issues alert as Malaria cases in Udaipur reach 18,000

Medical Department issues alert as Malaria cases in Udaipur reach 18,000 

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The weather department's warning about rain commencing alongside the onset of winters on October 17 has prompted concerns across the Health department in Udaipur. In anticipation of a potential rise in illnesses, the department has issued a precautionary alert. The Health Department at Udaipur called for an eemrgency meeting on Sunday as part of the third phase of our "Our Health, Our Responsibility" campaign. This meeting involved departmental officials and representatives from nursing colleges. Additionally, as per the department's survey records, over the past two months, the number of fever patients has crossed 18,000, following the completion of the first two phases of the campaign.

The department launched the campaign's first phase on July 1, 2023 conducting a survey of 592,399 households over the course of 31 days, which revealed 9,667 fever patients. In the subsequent second phase, running from August 7 to September 28, a survey of 630,000 homes identified 17,130 fever patients. The third phase commenced on October 3, but the department has not provided any updates on the survey figures.

Amidst the rising number of fever patients, a meeting was held where a plan was devised to engage nursing students in a household survey. In addition to malaria, the focus was expanded to include individuals suffering from diseases such as Dengue, Chikungunya, and Scrub Typhus. Special attention was given to areas with a significant population affected by these diseases.

The plan involved identifying larval habitats, using anti-larval malaria larvicidal oil in clean water, and prioritizing fogging operations. In urban areas, the preparation of micro plans for surveys was also recommended. The meeting was attended by Deputy CMO Dr. Ankit Jain, Dr. Gajanan Gupta, Dr. Kailash Sharma, Dr. Pranav Bhavsar, and others.

Source: Dainik Bhaskar

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