The Madhya Pradesh health department has imposed a fine of Rs 200 on owners of the houses where dengue larvae were detected, but it exempted the minister of state for health Sharad Jain from this rule.
The health officials remained non-committal about the fine, saying dengue larvae were detected in the cooler of the minister during the larvae-detection drive on Wednesday, but HT could not contact Jain for comments.
Health department teams visited 1,900 residences at Panchsheel Nagar, Vaishali Nagar and Arera Colony in the city in the past two days, and detected dengue larvae in 200 houses.
The health department, which launched the campaign in June, intensified it after a meeting was held on Tuesday to take measures to prevent the outbreak of dengue which has so far claimed 20 lives in the city since January this year.
The department has surveyed 1.30 lakh residences since June, and found larvae in 5,658 houses.
Collector Nishat Warwade chaired the meeting and asked the officials to clean up those areas in the city where rain water remains stagnant after floods.
Additional district magistrate Ratnakar Jha, chief medical and health officer Dr Veena Sinha, and BMC additional commissioner MP Singh were also present at the meeting.
Diarrhoea deaths rise to 29 in MP
The number of diarrhoea cases has reduced in the state capital, but the number of lives that the disease has claimed shot up to 29 in the state, said Dr Veena Sinha.
“Earlier, we were getting 2,500 cases weekly in district hospitals, but the number has come down to 1,800 per week,” she said.