With Chandigarh witnessing a spurt in dengue cases this year, the UT health department has decided to start a 24×7 dengue helpline. Instructions have been issued to private hospitals not to deny treatment to positive and suspected dengue cases.
The Health Department has also cancelled leave of officials of the Directorate of National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) and Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP).
Officials said that the helpline for the city residents would start functioning in the next 24 hours. A senior health official told Chandigarh Newsline that the decision to cancel the leave of the officials of NVBDCP and IDSP was taken following the rise in the dengue cases in the city.
“The department today issued a circular in this regard,” said the official. “We don’t want to take any chances. We are taking all the necessary measures to stop further spread of the disease.”
The officials said that the department had also instructed all private practitioners, corporate hospitals and lab owners not to deny treatment or any other medical aid required by the positive and suspected cases. “We sent a letter to the Indian Medical Association today about the instructions to the private hospitals,” an official said.
The health department, the officials said, would also provide training to the Ayush practitioners in the city next week. “These practitioners will be roped in to prevent and control dengue which is on the rise,” the official said, adding that a meeting with the Federation of Sector Welfare Association in Chandigarh would he held to educate them about the disease.
An official statement said that to tackle the dengue menace and to prevent its “gaining alarming proportion” in the coming days, senior officials of the UT Administration along with anti-malaria team on Thursday inspected different places falling under the jurisdiction of the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (East), including CTU workshop, New Indira Colony, Mauli Jagran, Nirankari Bhawan, Hallomajra, Faidan, Kabari Market and Industrial Area.
“Fumigation and use of oil to kill dengue larva was also carried out at various places,” said the statement.
The UT health department has recorded 82 positive cases of dengue so far — a more than six-fold increase in the cases recorded by the department last year.
The dengue graph
* 2011: 73
* 2012: 351
* 2013: 107
* 2014: 13
* 2015 (till Sept 17): 82
Mayor visits GMSH-16
Mayor Poonam Sharma visited GMSH, Sector 16, late in the evening on Thursday and requested doctors to take special care of the patients having symptoms of dengue. An official statement said that the mayor instructed the Medical Officer of Health Staff to make arrangements for special check-up in all the dispensaries under the jurisdiction of Municipal Corporation for the patients having symptoms of dengue.