Four children died due to Dengue in Tiruvallur district
TIRUVALLUR: In the wake of the death of four children in Tiruvallur district, several villages bordering Andhra Pradesh are in the grip of dengue fear.
Inspecting the affected areas, Health Minister C. Vijaya Baskar confirmed that D. Mohan, 6, had died of dengue. Kuberan, another six-year-old undergoing treatment at the Government District Headquarters Hospital, had also been tested positive, he said.
Six others from Kaverirajapuram village, admitted to the same hospital on August 16 and 17, are diagnosed with viral fever and tested negative for dengue, said the Minister.
Accompanied by Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan and District Collector E. Sundaravalli, the Minister inspected two Dalit colonies in Kaverirajapuram, near Tirutani, on Sunday.
With a large contingent of officials from various departments, he launched a massive screening drive in which 1,094 persons were checked as out-patients at government hospitals in Tirutani and Pallipattu on Sunday alone as part of preventive measures.