`Take steps to check water borne diseases`
Bangalore: The Karnataka Government today
directed the health department to take preventive steps on a
war footing to check spread of diseases like malaria, dengue,
chikungunya and H1N1 influenza in the wake of onset of monsoon
Health Minister B Sreeramulu told reporters after chairing
a meeting of District Health Officers and District Surgeons
that district authorities have been instructed to take steps
to check water borne diseases.
The state has reported 664 cases of malaria so far this
year as against 7674 cases and 11 deaths last year, he said
and pointed out that Dengue has claimed two lives this year as
against seven last year.
Six deaths were reported due to Influenza "A" this year in
Bangalore, Yadgiri, Shimoga, Davanagere, Bellary and Udupi,he
said, adding 120 persons fell victim to the virus last year.
Sreeramulu said the government would fill up about 1,000
vacant posts of doctors within two months.
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