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Health dept gears up to fight dengue, malaria

The district health department has set the ball rolling to fight vector-borne diseases ahead of the monsoons. Since January, 17 cases of malaria have been reported in Gurgaon — most of them reported in May.

gurgaon Updated: Jun 03, 2013 01:20 IST
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The district health department has set the ball rolling to fight vector-borne diseases ahead of the monsoons. Since January, 17 cases of malaria have been reported in Gurgaon — most of them reported in May.

According to officials, awareness drives have already been scheduled for the first half of June.

“We have put up 35 hoardings to spread awareness about dengue and malaria across the city. We will launch the first phase of the awareness drive on June 6. More campaigns have been planned June 13 onwards,” said an official.

Several hoardings are on display in Gurgaon at Rajiv Chowk, Iffco Chowk and Sushant Lok, among others.

Moreover, with monsoons in the offing, the rise in the humidity levels will also lead to a spurt in cases of dengue, doctors said.

“After the first showers, vector-borne diseases spread rapidly,” said Dr SP Yadav, founder of Pushpanjali hospital.

After last year’s wide disparity in the number of dengue and malaria cases reported by private and government hospitals in the city, data analysts of the Gurgaon health department had undergone training on January 25 to fine tune the process of reporting communicable diseases.

The training was part of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Project launched in 2005.

Last year, 635 cases of malaria and 469 cases of dengue, including one death, were registered by the health department.

The highest number of dengue deaths — 14 — was registered in 2010, while none were registered for malaria.