In the wake of risk of mosquito-borne diseases, the Tamil Nadu government has decided to organise 1,000 fever clinics daily from Sunday.
The state government has also decided to increase mosquito control activities such as fogging, recruitment of new workers for mosquito-control work, and increasing the destruction of mosquito-breeding sites.
The Tamil Nadu government has also ramped up awareness programmes regarding mosquito-borne diseases.
The Hindu reported that that Tamil Nadu's Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine has said that the fever camps should be held in any area which has three or more fever with cough cases or a confirmed positive case of dengue, leptospirosis, scrub typhus, and seasonal flu.
The Tamil Nadu government has also ordered door-to-door campaign for the detection of such cases.
The DT Next reported that the Tamil Nadu health department has prepared village-wise and city-wise lists and the respective districts have been instructed to carry out disease-prevention accordingly.
"The officials say that the process of mosquito eradication, creating awareness, detecting fever cases, taking immediate preventive measures in places where fever cases are found is going on in full swing," reported DT Next.
Tamil Nadu Health Minister Ma Subramanian has been quoted as saying that over 23,000 daily temporary workers have been employed for mosquito-control across the state. Additionally, government hospitals have been advised to keep adequate stock of life-saving drugs, blood test kits, blood components, and blood required for treatment of various diseases.
The report further said that dengue, diarrhoea, typhoid, and fever are the focus of the government at the moment.
In state capital Chennai, Subramanian said that 318 medical officers, 635 nurses, 954 permanent mosquito control workers, and 2,324 contract workers are working as part of the efforts to contain the diseases mentioned above and checking mosquito-spread.
The minister was also quoted as saying that 424 sprayers, 120 power sprayers, 300 battery operated sprayers, 324 hand fumigation machines, one small fumigation machine, and 68 vehicle-mounted fumigation machines are in stock in Chennai for checking mosquitoes.