The fear of malaria and dengue is looming large over the city this year as well. Besides, the health department claims lack of manpower to carry out any preventive measures such as fogging and others to check this menace.
A large number of city residents fall prey to malaria and dengue every year.
In 2011, the city reported 153 cases of dengue. Nine people lost their lives. The city also reported 526 malaria cases.
And this year, as summer is approaching, the department has again showed its helplessness citing lack of manpower to carry out fogging in the city. At present, the malarial wing of the department has 16 people and the district health department has written a letter to the state health department for an additional 120 people.
“We have shortage of staff in the district. But we will still carry out fogging and other measures to control the problem. We are waiting for additional manpower,” said Dr Parveen Garg, chief medical officer.
Residents allege that the health department has not initiated fogging and other preventive measures till now. Last year, the department was avoiding fogging and other measures saying that fogging was ‘not good’ for health and was expensive. But this year they do not have manpower.
Riti Singal, resident of Kendriya Vihar said, “These things should have been done well in advance. Now when mosquitoes have started ruling, the department realised that they do not have manpower. By now things would have been clear how to control this menace. But they are waiting for some positive cases.”