No let up in dengue and H1N1 cases in Bhopal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Sep 28, 2015 19:14 IST
Girls take part in a health rally taken out to create awareness about swine flu and dengue in Bhopal on Sunday. ((Mujeeb Faruqui/HT photo))

There has been no let up in dengue and H1N1 cases in Bhopal in the past month, officials said on Sunday.

More than 25 people were detected with the deadly H1N1-also known as swine flu — and more than 82 people were tested positive for dengue in the city in the past one month, they said.

City neighbourhoods, including South TT Nagar, Kotra Sultanabad, Kolar, and Saket Nagar are dengue prone and waterlogging after the monsoon rains in these areas has helped in breeding of mosquitoes, resulting in a spurt in the disease.

Though the state health department held an awareness rally on Sunday morning at the Boat Club on dengue and swine flu, it is having a tough time in checking the diseases due to limited manpower, some of them said.

Despite all limitations, steps are being taken to control the spread of the diseases and the department has continued with its surveys to detect mosquito breeding areas across the city, said district chief health and medical officer Dr Veena Sinha.

Health teams have surveyed more than 1.7 lakh households in the city since January and more than 10,000 households were found to have aedes mosquito larvae that cause dengue, she said, adding that more than 14,000 households were found to have larvae of other mosquitoes.

“We are doing our best. Twenty eight health teams and 13 teams of gas relief department are conducting door-to-door surveys and awareness campaigns.”

Residents, however, blamed the authorities of not doing enough to fight the two menace, saying that they have done “too little too late”.

“This year, both dengue and swine flu have hit the state. It is the failure of the health department to spread awareness and provide proper healthcare facilities to the affected people,” said Dayal Sharma, a businessman from TT Nagar.

“If people maintain proper hygiene, these diseases can’t spread…Surprisingly, the authorities are not revealing the exact figures of people infected and those who died from these diseases or areas where it is spreading,” he said.

Jagdish Chander Sahu, another resident from Shahpura said that had the authorities strictly ensured that people did not allow any water logging in their neighbourhoods, dengue could not have spread to such extend.

“It is the duty of the authorities to ensure cleanliness and check whether there is water left for dengue larvae to breed…,” he said.

An official in the state health department, who spoke on the condition of anonymity as he was not permitted to speak to the media, said out of the 230 sanctioned posts in the malaria wing in the district, one third are lying vacant.

“Out of the 101 sanctioned posts for field workers, 32 were lying vacant besides one sanctioned post for assistant malaria officer was also lying vacant,” he said.

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