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Health minister visits chikungunya-hit Kerala

October 06, 2006 11:18 IST
Last Updated: October 06, 2006 12:27 IST

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Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss began his visit to the chikungunya-hit areas of Kerala's Alappuzha district on Friday morning for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.

Ramadoss, who arrived at Kochi early Friday morning, told reporters at Nedumbassery airport that he had come to the state to coordinate with the state government on ways to combat the disease. The efforts being taken by the officials need to be appreciated, he said.

"There is no difference of opinion between the Centre and state government on the issue," he said.

Ramadoss also held discussions with state Health Minister P K Sreemathi at Kochi shortly before leaving for Alapuzha. He visited the Thuravaoor community health centre and the Chertala taluk hospital, where several patients have been admitted.

The minister spoke to the patients and enquired about their health. Both hospitals were overflowing with patients with two to three of them sharing a bed and some even forced to lie on the floor.

Ramadoss will ascertain views of the experts from the World Health Organisation and national institutes, who are in the area for the past three days. Eighty one people have died due to chickungunya in the state.

On Thursday, Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan took strong exception to Ramadoss's statement that no death had occurred in the country due to Chikungunya while the state was battling the disease.

Expressing 'surprise' at his statement, Achuthanandan has said he was at a loss to know on what basis Ramadoss had made the statement and wanted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to restrain his colleagues from making such statements.

An all-party meet on Wednesday had decided to launch a massive sanitation drive, especially in Alappuzha district, where canal and muddy pools provide a fertile breeding ground for mosquitoes.

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Sub: chikungunya/dengue

Health Minister Mr. Ramdossa must resign from his ministry. He is unfit for his Post.

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mr ramados said there is no death in the country due to the disease and the next day he retreated from his comments.he is now ...

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Dear Readers, It is sad that Ramdoss is talking about difference of openion and playing blame games when the people are suffering with wide spread ...

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The outbreak of Chikungunya and massive casualties have smashed the bubble of Kerala's hype as being clean, green and most enlightened state which is "God's ...

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