The number of dengue cases in the city has started going down, said officials of the health department.
“Earlier we used to get around 20-30 dengue cases per day. Now the number has dropped to around 10 per day,” said Dr Anil Garg, nodal officer for National Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme (NVBDCP) and state surveillance officer.
“There has been a significant decrease in the larvae of dengue mosquito as well. Once the first week of November gets over, dengue cases will be on a further decline with a drop in temperature,” added Dr Garg.
The city so far has recorded 598 dengue cases this year- the highest in the last four years. The city had reported 351 cases in 2012, while in 2011, the number was 73. In 2013, the number was 13.
However, health officials said that anti-dengue drives would continue as a precautionary measure. So far, as many as 80,000 houses have been inspected in the city. In a first, the department has issued around 800 notices and around 100 challans to city residents for violating civic norms.
Meanwhile, the students of Panjab University’s Centre for Public Health conduced an anti-dengue drive on the campus. According to the health department, faculty dwelling units and buildings under construction were checked Sunday. “We found some hidden breeding spots on the campus during the drive. We will write to PU authorities about this,” the health official said.