Tirupati witnessed a delay in monsoon this time, which may be an issue of worry for many people across the state but the delayed monsoon to a greater extent shown a downfall in the cases of fever. One can go through the admission records of major teaching hospitals in Tirupati.
Generally, August-September is a normal time for the outbreak of vast seasonal diseases and viral fevers which are caused due to the stagnation of water. This year the situation was very much under control. The water which is still, for several days inside coconut shells, partially open over headed tanks and discarded automobile tyres, are a good place for mosquitoes breeding which causes dengue. Last year the cases of malaria and chikungunya were very high. This year the situation is totally different, the signals are feeble.In figures of the hospitals, the number of walk-in registrations of the influenced people is certainly lower than the figures of last year.
Head of the medicine department at Sri Venkateswara Ramnarian Ruia Government General Hospital (SVRRGGH), Tirupati, I.V.Ramachandra Rao confirmed that “Since there is no water stagnation, the prevalence of viral and seasonal fevers is considerably low now”.
Seeing the high note of dengue cases in 2018, the government came up with measures to hold the increasing cases. Hence a notable drop was witnessed this year.
Though there was the major drop in the cases of malaria, dengue and chikungunya but it is interesting to know that Tirupati witnessed recent cases of leptospirosis, an infectious bacterial disease which is mostly found in rodents and canines that spreads to humans. This disease spreads through water and generally known as an occupational hazard for farmers standing in paddy fields, sewerage workers and drainage cleaners. This disease spreads after monsoon period due to the mixture of rainwater with drain water. The rodent urine acts as a catalyst in spreading the infections.
“On rainy days, people remove their shoes, pull up their trousers and wade through flooded roads barefoot, without knowing that they are getting exposed to leptospirosis. Despite no rain, it has just started showing up. It is not an outbreak and hence there is no need to panic”, says Alladi Mohan, head of the Medicine department at the Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences (SVIMS) super specialty hospital.
The fact which came up is that some of the teaching hospitals in Tirupati witnessed a couple of swine flu cases last week. It is better to follow personal hygiene to keep the infection away than to treat it. Other basic remedies for it are to use sanitizer should be used always while coming into contact with other persons and, blowing the nose and coughing in public should be avoided by those who are diseased.
Sanitation has shown improvement which can be attributed to Chittoor, the district which is topping the list of (ODF) Open Defecation Free district and Tirupati getting cleaner to bag the ‘Smart City’ tag. These developments are not restricted to their purpose but have a huge impact on the improved sanitary conditions in the district.
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