Gurgaon reports two more malaria cases, health officials blame it on waterlogging
The suspected malaria patients are residents of Sector 72 and Om Nagargurgaon Updated: Jun 23, 2017 21:49 IST
The district health department has confirmed two more cases of malaria in the city, a month after two children had tested positive for the disease.
Hospitals across the city have been reporting a high number of suspected cases of mosquito-borne diseases, although no dengue or chikungunya case has been confirmed yet.
Health department officials attributed the spike in such patients to the recent spell of pre-monsoon showers that led to waterlogging across the city and assisted in larvae breeding.
The two new malaria patients have been identified as Rekha (28) of Sector 72 and Anita Yadav (27) of Om Nagar.
While Rekha received treatment at the civil hospital, Anita was referred to the government hospital from Medanta - the Medicity.
“Both the patients exhibited common symptoms of malaria such as low platelet count, appetite loss, joint pains and high fever. Relevant tests confirmed a positive detection and they have been discharged after receiving treatment. They are being closely monitored by civil hospital doctors,” said Dr BK Bajora, chief medical officer (CMO).
The CMO added that after seeing a surge in the number of patients suspected to have mosquito-borne diseases, health department officials are engaged in compiling a list of areas from where a large number of suspected cases are being reported. The list is being forwarded to the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) to carry out fumigation drives.
This development is a change in the health department’s stance as they have so far refrained from directing the MCG to carry out fumigation drives due to the adverse effects of fumigation on health.
Four confirmed cases of malaria have been reported this season so far. Last month, a four-year-old girl from Bhondsi and a seven-year-old girl from Mewat had tested positive for the disease.
There was a dip in malaria cases last year and only 38 cases were reported against 67 in 2015, 79 in 2014 and 212 in 2013.