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With 61 dengue cases reported; Karnal CMO seeks people support

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Karnal
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  • Updated: Sep 26, 2013 08:04 IST

Under fire from various quarters of increasing number of dengue and malaria cases, the chief medical officer (CMO) of the district has urged the residents to act against the stagnant water in their houses.

Since January this year, Karnal has seen 61 reported positive cases of dengue and 1,130 of malaria.
In 2010, a total of 72 positive dengue cases were reported from the district.

This year's dengue figure is more than three times than in 2012 and CMO Vandana Bhatia said that people should also act against stagnant water which was a breeding place for mosquitoes.

She confirmed that one person died of dengue from the district and the health department was making all efforts to control the disease.

“Dengue is an urban phenomenon and residents help is sought by the health authorities in combating it. Our inspection drives have detected dengue malaria larvae at the upscale residential localities and some of the best schools of the city,” she said.

Bhatia said that on Thursday, her team spotted larvae from waste containers stored haphazardly on the campus of Saint Theresa Convent School here.

It reflected the poor level of awareness despite intense awareness drives organised regularly for the past several years, she said.

Recently, water drain trays of refrigerators at the office of block development office (BDO) adjacent to the house of the local legislator Sumita Singh at the Nyay Puri area was found infected with mosquitoes.

The CMO said that people had misconception about the fogging and elected representatives wanted certain areas to be done for a variety of reasons which otherwise did not demand this exercise.
She said fogging was only a temporary solution, the effect of which remained only for three days.

“Fogging is an emergency mechanism which is done in 100 houses in the vicinity of a person found suffering from malaria or dengue. But due to pressure from all quarters, our exclusive annual budget of `1.50 lakh had exhausted and today we have permission for more fogging in the district,” she said.

 

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