67 breeding spots found,Health dept issues dengue alert

The Health department has directed hospitals and laboratories to be on alert for dengue cases.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 4, 2012 1:14:21 am

The Health department has directed hospitals and laboratories to be on alert for dengue cases,after sporadic breeding spots of the dengue vector mosquito were found across the city last month. All RWAs,heads of schools,colleges,police stations,and market associations were directed to check breeding spots in their respective areas

The Aedes mosquito was detected in colonies and jhuggi clusters alike across the city. As many as 11 spots were detected in the NDMC area,and 56 in the three municipal zones. A total of 21 dengue cases were confirmed in the city till last week.

Health Minister Dr A K Walia has directed the corporations and Northern Railway authorities to use anti-larval spray regularly around railway lines. The Irrigation and Flood Control Department has also been asked to ensure that water bodies are cleaned regularly. Medical superintendents of all hospitals have also been asked to ensure sufficient availability of platelets.

Due to rising cases of water-borne diseases like gastroenteritis,cholera,jaundice and typhoid,the Delhi Jal Board has been asked to mark shallow handpumps properly and ensure that drinking water does not mix with sewage.

Walia said finding breeding spots in summer is “a matter of serious concern” as it may lead to spread of the disease.

Experts said intermittent showers,rising temperature could have created conditions conducive to this untimely breeding.

“Though the situation is under control,precautions need to be taken to prevent any outbreak of dengue in the coming month,” Walia said.

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