Mangalore, August 10: People must not neglect fever and resort to mere tablets but get their blood tested to avoid suffering from malaria, said Dr. C M Sudarshan, Health Officer, Mangalore City Corporation.
He was speaking at a malaria and dengue awareness programme organized by MCC and DK Hotels and Restaurants Association in Mangalore on Friday.
Warning the public that no fever should be taken lightly, Dr.Sudarshan said that people should make use of the free blood testing centres available at seven different places in the city including the government Wenlock Hospital and KSRTC bus stand. Blood test must be conducted when fever is at its peak and not according to the convenience of the patient, he said. The blood testing centres in the city provide results the same day, he said, adding that in case malaria is tested positive, immediate treatment should be sought.
Stating that free malaria treatment is provided in government health centres, Dr. Sudarshan said that people must not abort the treatment midway at any cost. The fever may show signs of subsiding but the body continues to be affected by malaria from within, he said, warning that in such circumstances, the disease reappears within 14 days.
Prevention is the best way to tackle malaria, he said. In every house there are mosquito breeding sources such as flower pots, water storage below refrigerators, terraces, courtyards, water tanks and so on. Such stored water must be given special attention to see that mosquitoes are not bred, he said.
Mayor Gulzar Banu, in her address said that builders must give special attention to water storage at construction sites to check the growth of malaria.
Deputy Mayor Amita Kala also spoke. Mosquito nets were distributed among hotel workers on the occasion.