Hyderabad: Congress expresses serious concern over rising Malaria Cases

Hyderabad, July 26 (Maxim News): Expressing serious concern over rising cases of Dengue, Malaria and viral fever, the Congress party on Monday demanded that the State Government take up immediate measures to prevent their spurt.

Hyderabad Congress Minorities Department Chairman Sameer Waliullah said that thousands of cases of Dengue, Malaria and other seasonal diseases like Diarrhea, Dysentery and viral fever were reported in private and government hospitals in the last week. He said this month more than 100 confirmed Dengue cases were registered in the Fever Hospital alone. Therefore, he said that the State Government should take immediate measures on war-footing to prevent the spread of seasonal diseases, especially vector-borne diseases.

The Congress leader said that the recent rainfall has worsened the conditions across the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad. The rainwater got accumulated in the lanes and by-lanes lacking storm water drains. Further, thousands of potholes created due to heavy rains and poor quality of roads are now serving as breeding grounds for deadly mosquitoes. “The GHMC authorities have not drained out the accumulated rainwater from most of the places apparently on the hope that it would dry out naturally in the next few days. However, the delay in cleaning those roads might prove fatal for the common citizens as such places are producing lakhs of mosquitoes every day,” he said.

Sameer said that the GHMC’s activities were confined to the visit of the Mayor or a few officials to one or two random locations in the city. “There is no proper Monsoon Action Plan to deal with the current situation,” he alleged.

He said that this year too the seasonal diseases were laced with the fear of Coronavirus. Since symptoms like high fever, cold, cough, etc., were common for normal fever and Covid, many people are not approaching the hospital with the fear that they might test positive for Coronavirus. Consequently, hundreds of people are resorting to self-treatment based on symptoms. “This is a dangerous trend and the State Government must create awareness to stop this practice,” he said.

“Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, who also holds the Health portfolio, is presently busy with Huzurabad by-elections. He must look beyond ‘election season’ and take necessary steps to protect people from other areas from seasonal diseases,” he demanded.

Sameer demanded that the State Government conduct fogging and anti-larval operations across the GHMC limits on a war-footing basis. Further, he said health screening camps should be conducted in all the areas to identify those affected with seasonal diseases. Further, he said required medicines and diagnostic kits in adequate quantities should be supplied to all Basti Dawakhanas and Urban Primary Health Centres.

He said that the Congress party would also create awareness among people on preventive steps to be taken for protection against seasonal diseases. (Maxim News)

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