Gurgaon district has emerged as a high-risk area in Haryana with the maximum number of dengue cases reported there so far this year. Considering an alarming rise in dengue cases in neighbouring states including Punjab,Uttar Pradesh and Delhi,the Haryana Health department has further strengthened its operations to control spread of the water-borne disease.
A total of 383 confirmed cases of dengue have been reported this year in Haryana,as compared to 87 cases in the corresponding period last year. Gurgaon is the worst affected district where a total of 166 cases have been detected. Also,one death due to dengue has been reported from district Sonepat. Dengue has also spread to new areas,which were not affected earlier, the states Health department said.
Haryanas director general of health services,Dr Narender Arora,said,Keeping in view the prevailing situation,a video conference on dengue was held to take stock of the situation and issue necessary instructions to field units. The director health services (malaria) also interacted with civil surgeons and other senior functionaries of dengue-prone districts to discuss the status of dengue and their preparation to control its spread.
According to Haryanas Health department,alarming rise in incidence of dengue has been noted. It was informed that 1,729 cases have been reported from Delhi,650 from Uttar Pradesh and 340 from Punjab.
These might be seen as a source of infection to the nearby districts,including Gurgaon and Panchkula. Improper water management,external storage of stagnant rain water,practice of improper storage of water among people,unplanned construction activities and lifestyle changes are some of the major factors responsible for proliferation of breeding sites of mosquitoes and for the spread of dengue.
It was decided to further intensify fogging operations,along with anti-larval operations and reserve wards for management of dengue patients and all drugs or medicine,equipment along with physicians and paramedical staff be made available in district,sub-district hospitals. It was also decided that availability of platelets for dengue patients should also be ensured. All facilities be made available in government hospitals so that people may prefer to take treatment from government hospitals and get rid of burden of heavy charges of private hospitals, Dr Arora said.
Tips for prevention
*Water from air coolers should be emptied once a week and the water tank be cleaned properly
*Overhead water tanks lids be tightly closed to stop mosquitoes from entering the tank
*Keep your home and surroundings free of stagnant water
*People should not dump unused tyres,plastic bottles and other containers in the open because these containers provide breeding sources for the mosquitoes
*Mosquito coils or other repellents should be used in night
Source: Haryana Health dept