Chandigarh: It seems that officials concerned in containing dengue menace in tri-city have failed absolutely to judge the grave problem and are falling short to address the issue.
Dengue toll in Chandigarh on Wednesday raised to 489, after 14 new cases were reported from various health institutions that include 8 new cases and 6 confirmed amongst probable cases.
Three fresh cases of chikungunya have been reported from GMCH 32 and PGIMER, and total number of cases has reached to 71. In order to further strengthen preventive activities, daily fumigation is being carried out along with strengthening of field activities which includes mass awareness, checking of breeding sources like coolers, containers, tyres and other sources.
Taking a serious note of calls received on helpline number, Malaria wing has stepped up surveillance in the city under which a special drive on Wednesday at Bhaskar Colony and Kumhar Colony sector 25 and sector 40 Chandigarh. One team was led by Assistant Director Malaria wing at Bhaskar Colony and another team was led by Anti-Malaria Officer Chandigarh at sector 40. In -total 8 challans and 20 notices were issued. It was observed that in spite of repeated notices to public, coolers and containers are not cleaned.
In Panchkula, the story is similar where authorities have been caught completely unaware where 14 new cases of dengue in past two days have been reported.
One chikungunya case has been reported from Abheypur, Panchkula. The maximum number of cases of vector-borne diseases, be it malaria or dengue, have been reported in congested hutments in colonies in the city. With one new case, Panchkula has reported 8 cases of chikungunya till now after 5 years.
“Rajiv Colony, Indira Colony, Abheypur, Buddanpur, Haripur are the risk areas and have recorded maximum cases.
It is largely due to water problem, but now we have made these places larvae free zone. A team of 42 members was constituted for this drive following which all the sensitive zones have been made larvae free,” says Civil Surgeon Dr V K Bansal.
Sheer negligence on part of health authorities in Mohali is even worst. On Wednesday, 63 new cases spruced up the number of patients to 1124 in Mohali. Whereas three patients of chikunguya were also reported on Wednesday thus taking total number to ten.
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