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Dengue outbreak has been contained: Health Minister

Posted on Nov 29, 09:52PM | UNI

Even as the Dengue fever cases continue to be reported, particularly the Southern district of Madurai, Tamil Nadu Health Minister Dr V S Vijayan, claimed that 'the spread of epidemic has been contained and it is under control.' Talking to newspersons here last night after a day-long inspection in various government hospitals, primary health centers' here last night, he said 17 people have died due to dengue in Madurai district and not 50 people as reported in a section of media. As many as 747 people tested positive for dengue so far in the district and in all 35,000 people from across the state took the test.

He said Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has released Rs 10.5 crore for preventive measures and for dengue. "The dengue has been contained in the state though a few fresh cases have been reported from Melur," he said.

Asked about the prevalence of mysterious fever in Melur region in Madurai district which reportedly claimed several lives, he dismissed the reports. We have documented the reasons behind each death. Most of them died due to various diseases, including renal failure and meningitis, and not due to any mysterious fever," he added.

He also ruled out the possibility of providing compensation to the families of dengue victims. The minister ordered the health officials to issue memo to a matron, a male nurse and staff nurse attached to the government hospital at Melur on the charges of dereliction of duty.