Dengue cases in recent months ‘four times higher’ than Chandigarh health department claims

There are four government testing facilities in Chandigarh where samples are tested for dengue.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Published:September 12, 2016 3:38 am
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CONTRARY TO the claims of the Chandigarh health department that the city has seen only 25 dengue positive cases in recent months, the number of cases that have tested positive at government testing centres in the city is around four
times more.

There are four government testing facilities in the city where samples are tested for dengue. The two major facilities are Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Sector 32 and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER).

As per the official numbers provided by the two major institutes, the total number of patients — whose have mentioned Chandigarh address and were found dengue positive — is around 100 in the past few months.

An official from GMCH, Sector 32, said at least 40 samples from the city were found positive at the Institute.”These numbers are from August 18 to September 9,” said the official. In the list of the positive cases, a copy of which is with the Chandigarh Newsline, the patients belong to different parts of the city.

Similarly, figures provided by PGI, since mid July confirm that 45 dengue samples were found positive at the Institute’s testing facility. “Those who have been found positive have Chandigarh address. We keep sending our reports to the Chandigarh health department regularly,” the official said. In PGI, there are cases from other States as well. Punjab has around 33 cases, while as Haryana has 18 positive cases.

A senior UT health official, however, said that during their address confirmation of the patients, addresses of around 25 patients who were found positive turned out to be wrong.

UT Health Secretary Anurag Aggarwal said he would “get the numbers verified.”

Chandigarh health director Dr Vanita Gupta told Chandigarh Newsline that 25 were “confirmed cases” and the rest are “probable” who have given their address as in Chandigarh. ‘

We will be tracing them. If they belong to the city, we will be declaring the cases as ours. There is no need to hide the information,” she said.

Last year, the city had recorded 985 dengue cases – the most since 2011. Health officials said around 2,000 notices were sent to violators in the city. This year, the city has also witnessed one Chikungunya case, apart from 31 malaria cases.