September 3, 2016
Thanjavur: Two boys, both Class IX students of the Rajah Higher Secondary School in Thanjavur, have been admitted to the Medical College Hospital in Thanjavur with symptoms of Dengue.
The two were found to have contracted the virus from the contaminated water in the school. Subsequently, the city corporation has decided to slap a fine of Rs 10,000 on the school, run by the Chatram Administration whose chairperson is the District Collector, for not keeping the school premises clean.
Both the boys hail from the Thanjavur corporation area.
Four students of the school were running high temperature for the last few days and were treated as out patients. Their blood samples were collected and sent for clinical analysis. Of them, Vigneswaran (14) tested positive for Dengue while two other boys, both studying in Class XI, tested positive for typhoid. The clinical report for another student is awaited.
Led by city health officer Dr. S. Suresh Kumar, Corporation sanitary workers swung into action and cleaned the school premises and destroyed all possible mosquito breeding sources there.
According to official sources, six cases of Dengue were reported in the corporation limit since January this year. All the six cases were cured successfully.
According to City Health Officer Dr. S. Senthil Kumar the City corporation has intensified preventive measures. “At least 164 trained sanitary workers have undertaken mass cleaning in all the government buildings, schools, houses and water sources in all the villages in the district and destroy all the possible mosquito breeding sources with fogging and abate solution. Steps are being taken for the recruitment of additional 70 sanitary workers to act as domestic breeding checkers,” he added.
“Till now 12 medical camps have been conducted in all the four hospitals run by the city corporation in Srinivasapuram, Karandhai, Kallukulam and Maharnonbu Chavadi. Students of all the 71 government and 39 private schools were given Nilavembu drink twice and it will be given again on Tuesday (September 7),” Dr. Senthil Kumar said.
Dengue, a year-round disease, is more common during rainy days when there are more potential breeding sites for female aedes aegypti mosquitoes that can transmit the disease to humans, he said and urged the public to help destroy all mosquito breeding sources such as old tyres, tin cans, dish drainers, the area under the kitchen sink and kitchen drawers in their houses.
“Always clean the roof gutters, cover pails of water and replace water in flower vases regularly to prevent eggs from morphing into adults. If there is stagnant water that cannot be covered for some reason, try to put salt to make it saline and kill the eggs or larvae,” Dr Senthil Kumar said.