Chandigarh Health department: Dengue cases in city showing steady decline

We expect the number to decline further in the next few weeks. By next month, we are expecting it to go down to a large extent,” says Gaurav Aggarwal, Anti-Malaria officer

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:October 12, 2017 5:00 am
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Having witnessed a steep rise in dengue cases in Chandigarh in the last two months, the UT health department on Wednesday said that dengue cases is showing a steady decline in city. On Wednesday, as per the health department, 11 fresh cases were found positive, taking the total number to 769 this year. The weekly and daily trend, according to health officials, however is seeing a decline. “Earlier, the number was more that what we recorded today. Before, on a daily basis more than 20 cases were positive. Now, the situation is comparatively better and number is below 15,” said Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, Anti-Malaria Officer, Chandigarh health department.

He said that since the day temperatures are not going down, the city is still recording dengue cases. “We expect the number to decline further in the next few weeks. By next month, we are expecting it to go down to a large extent,”Aggarwal said.

While the city has recorded 769 dengue cases so far, the number is still less than the last year. Last year, 1,254 dengue cases were reported while in 2015, the number of cases reported was 966, health officials said.

This year, a large number of doctors, too, were found positive for dengue. Over a dozen of doctors working in Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16 and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) have been tested positive, forcing the UT health department to issue special instructions to the two institutions to prevent dengue cases.

On Wednesday, Panjab University (PU) held a review about water-borne diseases. Officials said that Vice Chancellor Arun Grover directed the officials to maintain cleanliness on campus, especially the hostels. According to health department, five cases of dengue have already been reported from the campus.

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