With a total of five cases of dengue being reported positive in the General Hospital, Panchkula, the district health department has stepped up the door-to-door cleanliness drive in the district.
“We have received a total of eight cases, out of which five tested positive while the others are suspected cases. Those who tested positive include students who have been studying in Gurgaon, Dera Bassi and have returned home in Panchkula, and have been receiving treatment from here,” said the malaria inspector, Dr Jasbir Singh, adding that all patients had been discharged after treatment.
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The health department had started door-to-door cleaning of coolers in residential areas and government offices in Panchkula in the first week of September. While 12 teams were formed for Panchkula Urban, 27 teams of health workers were formed for rural areas in Panchkula. Each team consists of one supervisor and two workers.
Asserting that the health department had already started the cleaning of coolers and fumigation of water bodies, Civil Surgeon V K Bansal said that the department had taken measures to keep the cases under control. He claimed the number of cases reported was the lowest in the Tricity.
“We had started the cleanliness drive on September 1, as part of which our workers had been going door to door to clean the coolers, as they are most preferred breeding ground for the mosquitoes. Fumigation is also being done, especially in the slum areas where sanitation is an issue,” he said.
The health officials added that they were now focusing on the houses near the Ghaggar river belt, where fumigation would be done and residents would be made aware of the disease. They would be told how to keep mosquitoes away. Students were being told in schools about precautions to be taken.
Bansal said, “We urge people not to let water stagnate anywhere near their houses, and if they see it, then they can add a few spoonfuls of petrol or kerosene in the water, which will kill the larvae. Keep the coolers clean and throw away the trash, including tin containers, lying in houses. Wear full-sleeve shirts, as these mosquitoes tend to bite more near the elbows and below the knees.”
“Patients can take paracetamol, but please avoid disprin. Take meals on time, and drink a lot of fluids. Do not take any other medicine without doctor’s prescription,” said Dr Bansal.
17 dengue cases in Mohali, fumigation on
Mohali: A day after the issue of dengue cases was raised in the vigilance committee meeting of the Municipal Corporation, the district administration started fumigation in slums of the city on Wednesday. A 15-day dengue awareness campaign was also initiated. Civil Surgeon Neelam Bhardwaj said that a total of 17 dengue cases were reported in the district.
All the patients had been discharged after treatment. She said the health department was fully prepared to deal with any emergency. The civil surgeon added that special dengue wards had been set up in Civil Hospital Dera Bassi, Kharar and Mohali. Deputy Commissioner Tejinder Pal Singh Sidhu directed the health authorities to take preventive measures to stop the spread of the disease. The DC visited the Jujhar Nagar slum area . He deputed the SDM as nodal officer for the awareness campaign.