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Door-to-door surveys only an eyewash: Residents’ associations rubbish health department’s claims

Dept claimed to have completed house-to-house surveys three times in the city in the recent past.

Written by Adil Akhzer | Chandigarh | Published: September 29, 2016 7:43:29 am
chandigarh, chandigarh dengue, chandigarh dengue fogging, chandigarh dengue precaution, chandigarh dengue fumigation, chandigarh dengue survey, chandigarh news, indian express, india news Several representatives told Chandigarh Newsline that fogging during evening hours was done only “once or twice” in the past few weeks. Express photo

EVEN AS the UT health department’s claims that it had completed house-to-house survey three times in the city over the past few months and the fourth round is on, but the resident welfare associations in the city are not ready to buy the claims.

Federation of Sectors Welfare Association Chandigarh (FOSWAC) which manages more than 70 resident welfare associations (RWA) in the city also say that health department claims to conduct house-to-house survey were not correct.

On Wednesday, Chandigarh Newsline Spoke to as many 16 resident welfare associations and other societies in the city in which most of them said the health department workers are not visible on the ground and alleged that no house-to-house checking had been done in their respective sectors.

“I know what is happening in my sector. No house-to-house survey was conducted by the health department over the past few months,” said Manjit Johar, who represents Sector 43 RWA.

Panjak Gupta, who represents Sector 38 (West) residents association termed it a “mere eyewash”. “Why do we have large number of dengue cases now if they had taken steps earlier?” he asked. He too said no house-to-house survey was conducted. Similar views were opined by representatives of sectors 8, 35,22, Modern Complex Manimajra, 39 B, 45, 52, among others.

Several representatives told Chandigarh Newsline that fogging during evening hours was done only “once or twice” in the past few weeks.

FOSWAC chairman Baljinder Singh Bittu said they had reports that no effective steps are being taken by the health department. “Whatever they are saying, it is only on paper,” he alleged.

However, health department officials said they have records to prove their claims.

“We have the records of our work. When we conduct fogging in an area, it is signed by residents,” said Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, Anti Malaria Officer, UT health department. “We have photographs of our ground work as well. The temperature is conducive, which is resulting in more cases.”

He added, “We have being appealing to the residents since January this year,” he said.

On Wednesday, a statement said a surveillance drive was carried out at New Colony, Dhanas, where six challans were issued to the repeated defaulters for maintaining mosquitogenic conditions.

It also said that over the past two days, 45 cases of dengue has been reported from various health institutions which brings the total number of dengue cases to 319 in the city. Four new cases of Chikungunya have been reported by GMCH 32 and PGI. The total number of of Chikungunya cases in city has now reached 35.

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