Tirunelveli, May 21(): Government hospitals in the state are swamped with patients as the Dengue fever has almost spread all over the southern part of Tamil Nadu.
The health department is concerned about the epidemic as in just five months 1, 632 cases of dengue fever has been recorded this year in Tamil Nadu.
The most affected is the Tirunelveli region which is on a high alert as twenty one people have been already succumbed to the dreaded disease. On Sunday, a total of seventy nine patients were admitted in different hospitals around Tirunelveli.
Sources said that many private hospitals in the district avoided patients with dengue fever fearing, in case of any untoward incident occurs the villagers might lose their control by showing their anger towards the hospital staff, which led the patients running towards government hospitals, said a health official in Tirunelveli.
He also said that as the government hospitals are running acute shortage of beds, they have asked clients and private hospitals to provide with beds that are not in use. The hospital also lacks with required health staff, he pointed.
From Nagercoil and Virudhunagar, too death report was recorded due to dengue fever on Saturday. Several cases have been reported from Tuticorin which caused the health staff running on their toes round the clock.
The Tirunelveli collector Selvaraj, has called for an urgent meeting with the health staff and urged them to step up precautionary measures.
RT Porkai Pandian, Director of Public Health said that they did not expect such a huge epidemic this year which resulted in many deaths across Tamil Nadu. Medicines are being supplied regularly in almost all prone areas, he added.
The health department has requested the local public to consult a doctor if fever resides for more than three days.
Health officials have also planned to telecast a documentary film in order to spread awareness among public on removal of sluggish fresh water where mosquitoes breed.