After remaining in a denial mode, the Chandigarh health department has finally accepted that 98 confirmed cases of dengue has been reported from the city.
Earlier, the department had claimed that there were only 25 confirmed cases of dengue.
In an official statement, the health department stated that till now more than 375 cases of dengue has been diagnosed in the health centers located in Chandigarh.
Out of these 98 confirmed cases of dengue have been found along with one case of chikungunya. All the patients are being treated at OPDs and no death due to dengue has been reported till now.
Accepting that the number of cases was higher than what was claimed earlier, UT Home Secretary Anurag Agarwal said that best possible efforts have been put in place to keep the virus under check.
The Malaria Wing of Health Department of Chandigarh Administration has beefed up field activities for Prevention and Control of Dengue.
The major source of breeding has been found to be coolers and in-house containers. It was also observed during the field analysis that the cases of dengue are isolated and there is no clustering, indicating that there is no or very little local transmission.
To further strengthen the preventive activities, daily fumigation is being carried out alongwith strengthening of field activities which includes mass awareness, checking of breeding sources like coolers, containers, tyres and other sources.
Till date 28 challans, 50 showcause notices and more than 2,000 notices have been issued to the defaulters.
Moreover, free dengue testing facility is available at the Department of Virology, PGIMER Chandigarh, Department of Microbiology GMCH-32, GMSH-16 and District Priority Lab (IDSP) at Civil Hospital Manimajra.