Tall claims of the district health department about its preparedness to fight mosquito-borne diseases fell flat as 24 fresh cases of dengue were reported from the city on Friday.
So far, Gurgaon has registered nine dengue deaths this year. Adding the 24 new cases, the total number of dengue patients in has touched 127.
While the residents have been complaining about health department's indifferent attitude, the authority says it is unable do much to curb the spread of such diseases.
According to some residents, had the health department started fogging well in time, the situation would have been different.
“We are creating awareness to prevent water stagnation in our locality. Despite taking all the precautions, many people suffered dengue. But health department seems to be least bothered,” said Madan Kishore, a resident of Sector 55.
The health department, on the other hand, says it has been taking enough measures to curb the spread of mosquitoes.
“We are creating awareness among people about how to prevent mosquito breeding. We have also started fogging in the areas from where dengue cases are coming,” said district Malaria officer Dr Mahender Gupta.
He said that fogging in the entire city is not possible as it is too expensive. “Fogging costs around Rs 1200, if we would cover 100 houses. So we can well imagine how much it would cost if we cover the entire city,” he added.