Chandigarh has recorded 121 positive cases of dengue and six of chikungunya so far. With fresh cases being reported every day, officials of the UT Health Department say that they have stepped up efforts to check the spread of these diseases.
According to the health officials, the number of dengue cases this year is less as compared to last year when the city witnessed a massive spike in the dengue cases with the numbers reaching 985, the highest since 2011. A total of 31 malaria cases too have been reported so far.
“We have new cases coming everyday. But the numbers are less as compared to last year,” said Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, anti-malaria officer, UT health department. He claimed the “continuous efforts” of the health department during the last few months had paid off as the city was witnessing less dengue cases this year.
Not only dengue, what is worrying the health department is an increase in cases of chikungunya which is also spreading its tentacles in the city. While health department officials put the number of chikungunya cases at four, PGI sources said that the number of cases tested positive for chikungunya so far was six.
Doctors apprehend that the city could see more chikungunya cases.
“We can prevent its spread only if we are able to prevent a mosquito-bite,” Dr Subhash Varma, head of internal medicine, PGI, told Chandigarh Newsline. “There is no need to panic. People should take steps so that they don’t get a mosquito-bite.”
Seeking cooperation of public, UT Health Secretary Anurag Aggarwal wants every citizen to ensure that there is no stagnant water anywhere. “A lot of preventive action has been taken. The number of cases is less than what we had last year in September,” he said.
A statement issued by the health department on Friday said that the main source of breeding of mosquitoes is found to be coolers and containers in house. “The cases of dengue are isolated and there is no clustering,” said the statement. “On Friday, around 6,300 houses were checked and 37 notices were issued against the violators. As many as 2,000 notices have been issued this year by the health department.”
GMCH-32 to start chikungunya testing
Sources in the health department said that in the next few days, the GMCH, Sector 32, would have testing facility for chikungunya. A senior health official said that testing kits were being sent to the hospital and this facility would be started soon. Currently, only PGI has the testing facility for chikungunya.