The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)) in Puducherry has urged the government to take immediate action to prevent further deaths due to dengue. The party called for the government to provide ex gratia to the families of two individuals who died of dengue last week.
R. Rajangam, Puducherry CPI(M) State Secretary, emphasized the importance of increasing medicine stocks and health resources to combat the rise in dengue cases. He highlighted the need for a proactive approach to tackle the surge in dengue incidence during the monsoon season.
Last week, Puducherry recorded the deaths of a 28-year-old woman and a 19-year-old girl due to dengue. The health department had already reported a significant increase in dengue cases since the onset of the monsoon. To prevent further infections, the department advised the public to eliminate any water collection in household containers and seek early treatment for symptoms like fever or joint pain.
Rajangam also stressed the importance of vector control measures to combat the spread of the virus through mosquitoes. He called for the administration to streamline garbage clearance, de-silting, and fogging operations.
The CPI has also called on the Chief Minister, who is responsible for the health sector, to strengthen the public health infrastructure in response to the dengue outbreak. CPI State Secretary AM. Saleem expressed concern over reports of patients, especially children, being turned away from hospitals due to the unavailability of medicines. Additionally, he noted that the absence of recruitment opportunities for vacant health worker positions would hinder the government’s ability to control the spread of diseases.
In conclusion, the CPI(M) in Puducherry is urging the government to take immediate action to prevent dengue-related deaths. They are calling for measures to increase medicine stocks, ramp up health resources, and improve vector control measures. The CPI is also demanding the strengthening of public health infrastructure and recruitment of health workers to effectively control the outbreak of diseases.
– Ex gratia: A payment made as a favor or goodwill gesture, without admitting any legal obligation.
– Dengue: A mosquito-borne viral infection causing severe flu-like symptoms.
– Vector control measures: Strategies to control or eliminate the organisms (vectors) that transmit disease-causing pathogens.
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