AS DENGUE cases continue to rise in the city, the UT Health Department has started acting tough against the city residents who allow water stagnation around their surroundings. The department has so far served 250 notices on the residents for violating civic norms.
The department has also written letters to around 30 institutes, including several government offices and religious places in Chandigarh, for failing to keep their offices clean which leads to conditions conducive to breeding of mosquitoes.
“So far this year, we have served 250 notices against those who do not cooperate with the department to prevent dengue from spreading,” said Dr Anil Garg, nodal officer for national vector-borne diseases control programme and state surveillance officer. Letters have been sent to institutes as well.
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The department has decided to issue challans if people do not cooperate with the department. “For the moment, we have served notices to them and if they don’t cooperate with us, we will challan them,” Garg said. “We are taking these steps to keep the city safe from dengue, we are seeking cooperation from the public. We will act tough in the coming days.”
Officials in the health department told Chandigarh Newsline that the department had decided to strengthen monitoring of the city areas, and whosoever was found violating norms would be penalised. The present charge of penalty is Rs 500.
“We have directed our supervisors to keep a vigil in the areas,” said a senior health official. “We also issued two notices on Sunday.”
A health official said that fumigation was carried out in sectors 15, 29, 30, 33, and Punjab and Haryana High Court on Sunday.
The UT Health Department has recorded 120 positive cases of dengue so far — more than a six-fold increase in the cases recorded last year.