A total of 256 cases of dengue have been detected in the Jammu region and two have died since the outbreak in September.
Making a statement regarding spread of dengue in Samba district in the legislative assembly on Saturday, minister of state for health Shabir Ahmed Khan said the first case of dengue was reported on September 3 in ward 8 of Samba.
He said till date, 256 cases have tested positive in Jammu division, of which 75 have been reported in Jammu, three in Kathua, one in Rajouri and 168 in Samba.
"After reports of dengue outbreak in Samba district, a team of doctors was immediately rushed to the affected area to take stock of the situation and devise appropriate strategy to contain the outbreak," he said.
The health minister added that 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. He added that the teams have also been deputed in the affected areas for identification and spraying insecticide to kill mosquitoes.
Shabir said samples are being collected in the designated hospitals; transported by department and being tested at tertiary-level laboratory. Besides treatment is being provided in various hospitals of Jammu division.
He, however, added that the complicated cases are treated in Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar, Sarwal, and Government Medical College, Jammu.
The minister informed the House that a child, Mehak, of Bari-Brahmana died on September 19. He, however, clarified that Pooja, a resident of Samba, who died on September 9 was not seen and treated by any doctor of the J&K Health Services. The victim was reported to have been admitted to Ravi Hospital, Pathankot, from where she was referred to DMC Hospital, Ludhiana, where she later died.