The district on Tuesday reported 58 new dengue cases, taking the total number to more than 1,200, the highest across the Tricity. According to sources, 1,207 dengue cases have been reported in the district so far with
493 from Mohali city, followed by 316 from different villages in the district and 173 from Nayagaon. The health department had collected the samples of 1,880 suspected persons.
Deputy Commissioner (DC) Gurpreet Kaur Sapra held a meeting with officials of the health department and directed them to carry out fogging in urban and rural areas across the district till November 15.
She directed the enforcement officers to do fogging twice a day in rural areas in the vicinity of the city as the number of dengue cases is high in the villages.
The DC said soon a meeting would be conducted with private hospital owners and they would be directed to not treat any suspected fever patient as a dengue patient to avoid panic.
The DC added that she would ask the civic officials to ascertain why fogging is not done regularly. Meanwhile, some councillors are up in arms against the municipal corporation for allegedly using sub-standard chemicals for fogging.
BJP councillors Ashok Jha and Arun Sharma had alleged in the past that the civic body was using sub-standard chemicals for fogging in the city and therefore proving ineffective.
Jha said he had taken up the issue with the mayor and senior officials of the municipal corporation. He also said he would take up the issue in the next House meeting.
Sharma said his area in Phase 5 is prone to dengue as it is a low- lying area and chances of water stagnation are high there but he had to struggle with the MC to send its team for fogging in the area.