Residents of twin districts Udupi and Mangalore are facing sickness due to drastic variations in temperature, with the possibility of cold, cough, and viral fever increasing. The weather is cloudy until 11 am, after which the mercury soars, and until 4 am, it remains slightly cold. Last month, the mercury touched 37 to 39 degrees Celsius but has now reduced slightly.
The health department is creating awareness among the public, with doctors and teams of health workers visiting houses and providing information when the public visits primary health care centers. The department is also holding a fever survey, with ASHA workers, malaria control workers, health safety officers, and MPW workers in the corporation area visiting homes and asking people to get themselves tested in case of symptoms of fever.
Doctors advise people to drink water, even if they are not thirsty, as the body’s immunity reduces due to lack of water content. They also recommend wearing cotton clothing, avoiding leaving domestic animals inside parked vehicles, and doing outdoor activities in a controlled manner. It is better to avoid roaming in the afternoon, and antibiotics should not be taken without the advice of doctors.