DENGUE is spreading its tentacles in the state. Its toll in fact is on a roll, with reports of casualties coming in from virtually all directions.
In the state capital itself, two more persons succumbed to the virus on Tuesday. Besides, three more patients were also admitted in different city hospitals. That takes the number of patients who have tested positive and are admitted in city hospitals to 60.
In Kanpur four people died of a ‘mysterious fever’ (with similar symptoms as dengue). Pathological report of one of the patients later confirmed that he died of dengue. Chief medical officer Dr Vijay Shankar Singh however said none of the patients died of dengue or chikungunya. According to the CMO, the patients had died of viral fever.
Similarly, three deaths were reported in Aligarh in the last fifteen days. An unidentified virus, again suspected to be dengue, has claimed lives of 13 children in the rural areas of Saharanpur in less than a month, an HT report from Meerut said.
In Allahabad and Pratapgarh, four people have tested positive for dengue fever.
Of the two dengue deaths reported in Lucknow on Tuesday, one was from Sitapur district and another from Bahraich. Thirteen more suspected dengue cases were reported from Vikas Nagar.
Officials of Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherji hospital and Balrampur hospital confirmed that a number of dengue patients were admitted in these hospitals. CMO Dr KK Singh said dengue had not taken epidemic proportion yet. He said fogging would, however, be carried out not only in the affected areas but also in those areas where no dengue case had come to light.
Meanwhile, thousands of pamphlets published by the Lucknow Municipal Corporation to create awareness about dengue are lying locked inside a room with no official wanting to take the responsibility of distributing these amongst the masses. These pamphlets contain important information like symptoms, do’s and don’ts about the fever.
Reason: the officials are in election mode and blissfully ignorant about the dengue spread in some parts of the city. The Nagar Swasthya Adhikari claims LMC is doing enough to fight the menace. “We have conducted fogging in Alambagh, Aliganj and other sensitive areas. We have conducted special cleaning drives in various localities of the city,” said Dr BBS Rathore. “During our meeting with the divisional commissioner, the malaria department assured us to conduct joint anti-larvae operation but they have never bothered to contact us for the same despite repeated reminders,” he said.
Municipal commissioner Ram Bodh Maurya said, “I have written a number of times for joint anti-larvae drives but the malaria department doesn’t seem to be interested.”
Regarding the pamphlets, he said the LMC health staff in the affected localities would soon distribute them.