The malaria wing of the Chandigarh health department on Monday listed seven areas as vulnerable to dengue. The department said that the maximum number of cases were being reported from these areas.
Here is why these areas are prone to the vector-borne diseases.
Mauli Jagran: This area of the city is congested and have mostly the migratory population residing in the area. “People don’t keep their surroundings clean. As a result, we get more positive cases,” said Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, anti-malaria officer, UT health department.
Sectors 41, 42, 45: These areas have villages near by and according to the health department, mostly people living in the areas use coolers which remain unclean. They also use containers and don’t empty them; normally, water remains inside them.
Maloya: Close to this area, the health department said, there are open fields. “Stagnant water leads to more cases from this area,” said Aggarwal, adding that the ongoing construction activity in the area was also one of the reasons.
Manimajra: This area has a large number of labour class people residing in the area. Health officials said that mostly people use coolers which are not regularly cleaned.
Sector 15: This sector, which is considered a posh area, also reports maximum dengue cases. Health officials said that paying guests use a large number of coolers. “Coolers are not cleaned regularly by the residents,” said Dr Aggarwal.
The health department says they are now providing special focus to these areas. The department has strengthened surveillance and IEC (information, education and communication) activities. “Our workers on the ground are regularly visiting these areas and we have strengthened our surveillance,” said Dr Aggarwal. “We need support of the people to stop the further spread of disease in the city.”