With Kerala in the grip of fever, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has convened an all-party meeting on Friday to discuss ways to overcome the crisis.
The all-party meeting has been convened as part of a series of measures announced by the Chief Minister on Wednesday. The CM said that efforts to check the spread of fever will be strengthened.
Doctors and paramedical staff will be recruited at health centres in the wake of the fever outbreak in Kerala. Even private doctors have been roped in to attend to the cases.
The Local Self Government department has directed local bodies to recruit one doctor and paramedical staff at primary health centres and two doctors and two paramedical staff at community health centres.
It has also been decided to open mobile clinics in densely populated areas and unused buildings in hospitals.
The meeting comes also in the wake of criticism raised by the opposition blaming the ineffective cleanliness drive.
As fever rages in the state, nine people including a toddler died on Thursday. HINI was confirmed in 18 people. Of this, six were from Kollam district, reports Mathrubhumi daily.
As per the official figures announced by the Health Department, as many as 23,190 people affected with fever sought treatment at various hospitals on Thursday.
Among this, dengue fever was confirmed in 157 persons and 78 of the affected people were from Thiruvananthapuram.
20 dengue fever cases were reported from Kollam, 17 from Ernakulam and 11 from Kannur.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has joined hands with the health department to support the prevention and control measures.
The health department has issued a warning that intermittent rains could lead to more cases of fever in the state in the coming days, the Times of India reports.