Fear of dengue looms large over the two districts, even as the administration seems ill-prepared to tackle any more cases. Till date, 87 cases have been reported in Mansa, while Bathinda has reported 88 cases.
God forbid, if you happen to be down with dengue in Mansa. The machine to separate platelets from the blood is out of order here and a resident will have to visit either a private medical institute or a government hospital in Bathinda.
An alarmed administration has started taking some steps to be prepared and awareness drives are being conducted to prevent the occurrence of the disease.
Mansa civil surgeon Dr JS Minhas said, "If a case is reported in a private hospital, the doctors inform us and our health team takes blood samples for the MAC-ELIZA test to confirm the incidence of dengue.
The platelet separator machine has been non-functional only for a few days and we are trying to get it in working order. We even send a team to the patients' homes if required. We have two patients of dengue at the civil hospital and nine patients are admitted at private hospitals in Mansa."
Bathinda health officer Dr RS Randhawa said, "One case was reported to me on Thursday. Our health teams are creating awareness among the masses.
We have also involved an NGO to help us create awareness among the public. No water must be allowed to stand. Fogging is also being done and we are trying our best to take preventive steps."
Mansa resident Jaspal Khokhar said, "Claims of residents are on false and locals are suffering. People are not aware even as the administration claims to have launched drives. There is lack of facilities at the local hospitals to deal with the menace."