The UT health department has recorded 82 positive cases of dengue so far, more than a six-fold increase from the number recorded by the department last year.
“So far this year, 82 cases have been tested positive in Chandigarh,” said Dr Anil Garg, nodal officer for national vector-borne diseases control programme and state surveillance officer. “Yes, there is a rise as compared to the figure last year which was just 13.”
Health officials maintain they are on alert and are ready to tackle any exigency. The department is taking extra steps to educate people to prevent the further spread of disease in the city. “We are monitoring the situation very carefully and are ready to tackle any situation that may arise in the coming days,” said Dr Garg.
A senior doctor posted at the emergency ward of Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16 told Chandigarh Newsline that most of the patients who came to the hospital with complaints of “dengue” had “seasonal fever”.
“A lot of panic-stricken patients come daily to the hospital, complaining that they are suffering from dengue. But when we send them for tests, it turns out to be normal fever,” said the doctor.
The UT health department has opened testing labs in the city. “We have opened four centres where patients are being tested,” said a senior health official. “The centres have been opened in Manimajra, PGI, and in the two government hospitals in sectors 16 and 32.”
Teams have been formed for the families of the patients who tested positive. “We immediately dispatch our teams to the families of the patients who are found positive,” said Dr Garg. “This is to check if the disease has spread to the other family members.”
The department has issued advisories to schools about the precautions and steps to be taken. “We have been issuing advisories to the locals with the help of the media. We tell people how this viral disease can be prevented and stopped,” said an official. “School authorities have been issued instructions how to educate children as morning assemblies could become an easy place where this disease can spread.”