Speaker Mubarak Gul on Monday directed the government for ensuring adequate measures to control dengue, which has reportedly spread in the Samba area.
He said Jammu and Kashmir is visited by lakhs of tourists so it is essential to take necessary steps to curb the disease on war-footing. The speaker's directions came after three deaths caused by dengue in Samba district alone.
The government had stated that of the 256 cases of dengue detected in the Jammu region, 75 have been reported in Jammu, three in Kathua, one in Rajouri and 168 in Samba. The first case was reported on September 3.
The speaker's directions have come after reports that a girl affected by dengue in Samba was not admitted in Government Medical College, Jammu, and was taken back to district hospital, Samba, for treatment.
The issue was raised earlier in the assembly. Replying to it, the health minister had said teams with anti-mosquito spray are visiting the affected areas where positive cases have been detected. They are spraying insecticide for mosquito control in 50 houses around each house from where dengue cases have been reported.
The minister had also said samples are being collected in designated hospitals, transported by department and being tested at tertiary-level laboratory. Besides, treatment is being provided at various hospitals of the Jammu division.
He, however, added that complicated cases are treated in Government Hospital, Gandhi Nagar, Sarwal, and Government Medical College, Jammu.