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Greater Chennai Corporation to increase fever camps in city

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CHENNAI: From Friday, the Greater Chennai Corporation will increase the number of fever camps in areas with high number of cases having flu-like symptoms. This will be done based on information gathered from local urban primary health centres and hospitals .

The civic body on Thursday held camps at 100 places, mostly in the busy areas, The camps looked for symptoms of fever, cold, headaches and cough. A total of 6,860 people were screened. of them 1,798 were found with influenza-like illness symptoms.

Doctors will be present in each camp and if symptoms are serious, patients will be sent to tertiary hospitals and be tested for Covid-19.

City health officer Dr M Jagadeesan said they restarted the fever camps since flu-like cases were increasing lately. "We test for fever symptoms since normal fever cases, H1N1 and Covid-19 all share similar symptoms. We give them paracetamol at the beginning and follow up with them. If symptoms persist, they are suggested for tertiary care and a Covid-19 test is also taken," he said. In the coming days, the camps are to be shifted to hotspots.

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