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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, September 24, 2013
With four new cases reported on Tuesday, the total number of dengue cases reached 15 in Chandigarh. However, doctors feel that there are challenging times ahead. According to the data released by the UT health department, four new cases were reported. The health department officials are continuously devising strategies and claiming that situation is under control.

According to experts, continuous spells of rain, help to keep the number of dengue cases low. "When there is rain, the mosquito can't breed. So till the rain is on, there cases will not rise," said Dr Rakesh Shegal, head, department of medical parasitology, the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.

According to experts, once the rains stop, there can be a sudden rise in the dengue cases in the city.

Interestingly, last year dengue cases broke all previous records with 272 positive cases of dengue.
The worst affected areas were Hallomajra, Sector 29 and Mauli Jagran.

The number this time is lower as per the figures provided by the UT health department. The first case of dengue in city was reported early this month.

Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which spreads dengue through its bite, breeds in stagnant water, biting only in the day.

Symptoms of dengue include fever accompanied by severe headaches, muscle and joint pains and rashes. Dengue is also characterised by abdominal pain, persistent vomiting and difficulty in breathing. High-risk patients include children, elderly, pregnant women and immuno-compromised.

According to a doctor from the medicine department of Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, they have come across dengue patients and there have been a few transfusions in the hospital in this month.

To deal with the situation, in a meeting last week, the UT administration announced to issue notices and take action against defaulters for causing mosquitogenic situation anywhere in the city.

The meet was attended by experts from various health facilities, they also emphasised on strengthening of laboratory services at PGI, Chandigarh; GMCH-32 and Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16.

The administration said that their focus was on strengthening of reporting and surveillance mechanisms for prompt implementation of preventive and control measures for dengue.

Besides that the UT health department is gearing up for activities for enhanced community participation including schools and colleges and implementation of special drive for checking of coolers and decided to issue notices and strict action against defaulters for causing mosquitogenic situation anywhere in the city.

 


Dengue cases in last five years
2008                              167
2009                               25
2010                              221
2011                               73
2012                              272