Having learnt lessons from Chikungunya, health authorities here have geared themselves up to prevent a possible outbreak of dengue fever which has wrecked havoc in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh areas bordering Madhya Pradesh.
As happened in the case of Chikungunya, it is feared that dengue might enter the State through virus-hit people coming from the infected areas.
Female aedes mosquito, which breeds in stagnant water, spreads dengue. Hence the health authorities are making all-out efforts to to fight the spread of mosquitoes.
“No dengue cases have been reported here so far. But we are carrying out a sustained mosquito-elimination campaign. We have formed special teams and would take up a special spraying campaign from Wednesday,” Chief Medical Health Officer Dr K K Vijayvergiya said here on Monday. The teams will cleanse stagnant water bodies, he said.
Chief Municipal Health Officer Dr A K Puranik said: “We are already on the job. Our teams have been fanning out to all areas of the city for over the last five days. First it was only for Chikungunya, now we are cautious about the dengue too.”
Spraying is being coordinated to avoid duplication in areas of Zilla Parishad, Municipal Corporation, District Malaria Office and the District Health Department.
The 69 wards have been divided into 12 zones, which would be looked after by two main teams. Each team is equipped and will have 19 spray men, Dr Puranik said. Two zones will be intensively sprayed daily and the exercise will be repeated in the areas after seven days.
“We will keep a watch on the activities and see to it that medicines are not wasted by spraying in wrong areas,” Dr Puranik added.
The Chief Municipal Health Officer also denied reports about increased heaps of garbage across the city. “Try to understand, our department is working against all odds. There were so many holidays and it was difficult for us to manage with many people on leave. But despite that there was no outbreak of any contagious or vector-borne disease,” he said, expressing happiness over the working of field staff on Monday, a holiday.
Delhi has witnessed more than 100 fresh cases of dengue last week with 10 deaths till date. In Uttar Pradesh, two people died and 40 cases have been reported from different parts.
Dengue-causing Aedes Aegypti – the same mosquito that causes Chikungunya – is a domestic day-biting mosquito which prefers to feed on humans leading to infections producing illnesses ranging from viral syndrome to severe and fatal haemorrhagic diseases.