Dengue, chikungunya menace: Health department acts tough on negligent workers

Sources said on Friday the department has recently issued explanations against two field supervisors whose roles were found “missing” in the ground surveillance.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Published:October 1, 2016 9:54 am
chandigarh, dengue, chikangunya, fumigation, health department, health hazard, negligent workers, action, india news, indian express The health officials said they checked 6,402 houses, 2,484 coolers, 10,346 containers, 3,990 overhead tanks and 150 water bodies on Friday.

In view of the rising number of dengue and chikungunya cases in the city, the health department has started taking strict action against negligent workers.

Sources said on Friday the department has recently issued explanations against two field supervisors whose roles were found “missing” in the ground surveillance. Both the officials have been asked to explain within a week on why no action should be taken against them.

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The sources said the department is cross checking the claims of its workers who are doing house- to-house survey and involved in fogging activities in the city. A health official said: “Our workers are reporting to us that they are doing their work on the ground. However, we are verifying it as well.”

The health officials said they have formed 75 teams, comprising 250 workers, who have completed the house-to-house survey thrice in the city in the past few months and the fourth round of inspection is underway.

However, the Federation of Sectors’ Welfare Association Chandigarh (FOSWAC) has been raising questions against the presence of health officials on the ground.

Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, anti-malaria officer, UT, said the health department: “If any lacuna is found on the ground from the workers’ side, we will take strict action.”

“To further strengthen the 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,” said a health department release.

The health department has also issued 36 notices in the city. The health officials said they checked 6,402 houses, 2,484 coolers, 10,346 containers, 3,990 overhead tanks and 150 water bodies on Friday.

At present, the health department is providing free dengue testing facilities at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32, Government Multi Specialty Hospital in Sector 16 and District Priority Lab at Civil Hospital in Manimajra.

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