As the newly appointed Director of Health Services, Dr Rakesh Kashyap, joined office on Wednesday, Assistant Director Malaria(ADM) Dr Deepak Bakshi, who was not mostly abest on the ground this year, led a special drive to prevent further dengue and chikungunya cases in the city.
Dr Kashyap, was appointed as new Director of Health Services, Chandigarh, by Chandigarh Administration on Monday.
A health statement Wednesday said that the malaria- wing of the health department has stepped up surveillance in the city and a special drive was conducted at Bhaskar Colony and Kumhar Colony in Sector 25 and Sector 40, respectively.
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Dr Bakshi holds additional charge of ADM — the post which looks after the malaria-wing of the department.
“One team was led by Assistant Director, Malaria, at Bhaskar Colony and another team was led by an anti-malaria officer at Sector 40,” the statement said.
It further said the health department took a serious note of “publications in various media as well as calls received on helpline numbers”.
“Eight challans and 20 notices has been issued. It was observed that inspite of repeated notices to general public, coolers and containers were still not cleaned. Littering of garbage by general public is posing a potential threat for growth of mosquito menace,” the health statement said.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, fresh 14 cases of dengue were reported in city taking the total number of cases to 489. Three fresh cases of chikungunya was also reported, taking the total number to 71.
In Panchkula, one more positive case of chikungunya was reported in Panchkula Wednesday. This was the first case of chikungunya reported in the district in past two weeks. Also, twelve more persons have tested positive for dengue, taking the total number of cases to123 in the district.