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18 dengue cases so far in Gurgaon, health department ramps up surveillance, testing

Cases detected so far are scattered across the district – Badshahpur, Wazirabad, Jharsa, Bhondsi, Krishna Colony among other areas – and the strain was causing low to moderate-grade fever, followed by a fall in platelet count after a few days of fever.

By: Express News Service | Gurgaon |
Updated: September 18, 2021 8:47:39 pm
Fumigation drive at a residential society. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran/Representational)

With the city reporting 18 cases of dengue and two cases of malaria so far this year, the district health department officials on Saturday said a 20-bed ward at the civil hospital had been set up to deal with a contingency or an outbreak.

Officials said dengue cases detected so far are scattered across the district – Badshahpur, Wazirabad, Jharsa, Bhondsi, Krishna Colony among other areas – and the strain was causing low to moderate-grade fever, followed by a fall in platelet count after a few days of fever. In 2020, 51 cases of dengue and four cases of malaria were reported.

With the monsoon season extending and the authorities expecting an upsurge in fever cases, the district health department has ramped up surveillance for dengue, malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases.

Virender Yadav, chief medical officer, Gurgaon, said, “A 20-bed ward for dengue cases has been set up at the civil hospital. With the extended monsoon this year, cases will definitely rise in the coming days. A taskforce meeting with all stakeholders has been scheduled for Tuesday to discuss the status. We have instructed all private hospitals to report dengue and malaria cases. Teams are carrying out fogging in hotspot areas.”

Earlier this week, taking cognizance of an upsurge in dengue cases in Haryana, the state health department had directed all districts to ramp up surveillance and case detection by increasing sample collection for dengue/chikungunya, malaria from OPDs and flu corners at primary/community health centres and testing on daily basis to avert an outbreak.

Dr Sudha Garg, deputy civil surgeon for vector borne-diseases, said, “Most cases so far are of low-to-moderate fever and a majority of them are recovering from the OPD. We have flu corners where people are screened on a case-by-case basis. So far, we have taken 950 samples. Door-to-door surveillance for fever cases is continuing.”

The districts had also been instructed to carry out source reduction measures in both urban/peri-urban areas especially for those adjoining NCR, UP or Himachal Pradesh, and ensure fogging during evening hours where high vector density was reported. Authorities had also decided to set up mobile health units in all districts.

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