AT A time when the city is witnessing a steep increase in dengue cases, hospitals have recorded a steady uptick in chikungunya cases as well. The first case of chikungunya in the city was recorded on September 1. On Saturday, that number had gone up to 24.
A health official said that four new cases of chikungunya had been reported by Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32 and PGI on Saturday.
Other than chikungunya, the city has also recorded fresh 16 cases of dengue. “Twelve new cases and four confirmed amongst probable cases, which brings the total number of dengue cases to 238 in the city,” said a health department statement.
Health officials said that they had further strengthened the surveillance in the city in view of fresh chikungunya and dengue cases. “We are taking more steps to prevent the further spread of chikungunya,” said Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, anti-malaria officer, UT health department.
He said there could be more cases in the city in coming days. “People are travelling from one place to another. So more cases are expected,” said Dr Aggarwal.
He added, “To further strengthen the preventive activities, daily fumigation is being carried out along with strengthening of field activities which includes mass awareness, checking of breeding sources like coolers, containers, tyres and other sources.” According to health officials, all the chikungunya patients are stable and no one is currently admitted to the hospital.
“There is no need to panic,” said Dr P V M Lakshmi, from the Department of Community Medicine, PGI. “If anyone feels there are signs of dengue or chikungunya, they should visit the hospital for check-up.”
Chandigarh has so far not recorded any deaths due to dengue and chikungunya. Last year, the number of dengue cases was 996. The department has already issued hundreds of notices against those city residents who violate the city civic norms. The PGIMER too has strengthened their surveillance on the campus after seven of their employees have been diagnosed as dengue positive in the last few weeks.