"Today is the 13th day that the assembly is in session and today you say that this is a grave issue of the state. Much delay in raising this issue clearly indicates that fever, unlike in previous years, has not taken a toll this time," said Chandy.

Seeking leave for an adjournment motion on the issue, LDF said though the number of people suffering from fever crossed more than a million, government was ‘indifferent’ to the situation.
     
Denying the opposition charges, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said government had taken various steps in coordination with concerned departments and as per reports the situation was under control.

"We have ensured that doctors have been appointed on temporary basis. We have ensured the supply of medicines to all the health centres, besides sanctioning more funds for maintaining cleanliness," the Chief Minister said.

Replying to a notice seeking leave for a debate on the serious circumstances that had arisen due to spread of various types of fevers especially after the onset of monsoon, Health
Minister VS Shivakumar informed the House that more than 11 lakh people have been infected with fever in the last six months.
     
During this month alone, nearly 2.90 lakh have been affected but said number of people suffered from fever was less this year when compared to the figure last year due to effective preventive measures initiated by the government from October last year.

Leader of Opposition VS Achuthanandan blamed the Congress-led United Democratic Front government, saying, "Whatever we raise in the assembly, you always come up with the stock statement, that all these things also happened during our tenure and you get away."

Later, Achuthanandan led the entire opposition to stage a walkout from assembly.

(JPN/Agencies)

Latest News from State News Desk