The Hindu

124 fever camps held

- STAFF REPORTER

CHENNAI: A total of 124 fever camps were conducted by the Chennai Corporatio­n on Saturday, with 22,658 residents benefittin­g.

According to a senior Corporatio­n official, there was good response in all the localities. “Our aim is to conduct 2,000 camps before November 27. We are doing this with the help of both government and private hospitals,” he said, adding that the camps were also focussing on screening of all slum areas.

Each camp is manned by three persons including a doctor and a paramedic. At the camps, residents are screened for fever, and blood and urine tests are conducted. If fever is detected, medicines are given. If the fever has persisted for a few days and a viral infection is suspected, the resident is referred to a hospital for further tests.

“We are also watching out for diarrhoeal diseases, as with the rains, such cases may come up. A few cases have been reported so far, and in these cases, we send a team to sanitise the locality, clear any stagnant water and check the chlorine levels of drinking water there,” he said, adding the civic body was on alert for water-borne diseases too.

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