Former Union Health Minister and Dharmapuri MP Dr. Anbumani Ramdoss called for an investigation to study the prevalence of zika virus in Tamilnadu, warning that the unprecedented severity of dengue fever epidemic could be followed by other killer viruses.
Addressing reporters in Salem today the former Union Health Minister said that it was necessary to conduct a study to find the prevalence of other related illness as aedes mosquitoes that cause dengue also causes yellow fever and chikungunya. The severity of the spread of ades mosquitoes is a wakeup call to be alert to zika virus also said the former health minister. He said that the Central and State governments should launch a combined study find the prevalence of Zika virus.
He also wanted the Indian Medical Council and the World Health Organisation to launch an investigation dengue epidemic in the state. “After the study, steps should be taken to control the epidemic spread” said Dr Anbumani.
Stating that more than 30, 000 persons were admitted in government and private hospitals in the state with dengue fever, Dr Anbumani said that in the last four days alone nearly 50 persons have died in Tamilnadu. But the State Health Minister was under-quoting the mortality figures he alleged. "This was indicative that the state government has failed grossly in managing the epidemic" he said.
Claiming that he alerted five months back itself that Tamilnadu will face a severe crisis due to dengue outbreak, Dr Anbumani said that the virus has spread uncontrollably because of inadequate steps in the early stages. " There is a possibility of the epidemic spreading to other states", warned Dr.Anbumani. R.Arul Deputy Secretary of PMK was present during the press meet.