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Dengue touches 100-mark

india Updated: Oct 18, 2011 01:24 IST
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The civic administration has failed miserably to curb spread of dengue in the city as residents have began fending for themselves by arranging for fogging in their respective colonies.

So far two persons have died and about one hundred tested positive in city. Dr Ashutosh Shukla, head, internal medicine, Artmis Health Institute, said, “We are getting fairly significant cases of dengue. And some are actually in critical condition. Something needs to be done to control the problem,” he added.

Poonam Bhatnagar, a Sector 45 resident, said, “We are creating awareness and taking precautions. Despite all efforts, so many residents have fallen ill. But administration seems to be least bothered.”

“I have not seen any sanitation staff coming here for fogging or to see if there is stagnant water standing,” she added.

SN Gupta, a resident of sector 23, said, “Fogging is the only way to control mosquito. Since civic agencies have done
nothing, resident welfare bodies have started arranging for fogging.”

Meanwhile, officials of the district malaria control body disputed the claims of residents. Dr Mahender Gupta, a senior health official, said, “We have introduced anti-larvae to kill the mosquito larvae. We are regularly doing it but because of urbanization the breeding sources of mosquitoes has increased.”

He added, “We know there are many dengue cases being reported but still we avoid fogging as it can give birth to various allergies,” he added.

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