In 2012,Chandigarh had witnessed 228 cases of dengue by this time of the year. This year,only 49 cases have been reported so far. To further control the disease,the Malaria Wing of the UT Administrations Health department has claimed to have undertaken several field operations.
The National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme and Integrated Disease Surveillance Project,under the aegis of Dr S K Bhalla,Director Health and Family Welfare,Chandigarh,conducted a sensitisation training on October 24.
The training dealt with prevention,control,clinical management and laboratory diagnosis of dengue for Medical Officers of various health facilities,including officers working under the municipal corporation.
As part of preventive measures taken by the department,intensive checks on breeding points such as coolers are being conducted by the health workers in areas being monitored by supervisors and the department itself.
As per an official,With the upcoming high risk season for transmission of vector borne diseases,the Malaria Wing has geared up field activities for prevention and control of malaria and dengue. A team of an Assistant Director (Malaria) along with an epidemiologist visited Manimajra,Maulijagran,Indra Colony,Ram Darbar and Hallomajra to boost up field operations.
Giving advisory measures to people an official said,In case of fever,a patient should take prescription from a qualified doctor. A blood test for malaria should be done for all fever cases. Free testing and treatment facility is available at all government dispensaries and hospitals.
Malaria and dengue spread through the bite of mosquitoes found in stagnant and stored water. As a preventive measure,one should not allow water to stagnate in and around houses. Besides this,water should be removed from coolers and other small containers at least once a week. Also,water tanks should be properly covered and discarded containers,tyres,pitchers and pots should not be left on rooftops. People must try and wear full-sleeve clothes,especially during evenings,and use mosquito nets or repellents while sleeping.
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