The health department, which is patting its back for controlling dengue this year, has failed to check the spread of malaria as the disease has infected as many as 526 people this year, almost four times higher from the figure of 138 a year ago.
The number has already touched 526 and still there are many patients pouring in the city hospitals.
Residents feel that this is a regular phenomenon. This year is not an exception. Many patients are in hospitals struggling for life, but the authorities are least bothered about it.
They said that for the past two months, the health department has been assuring of planning strategies to tackle problem but fresh cases are coming up every day.
"I don’t think that administration is doing anything. All that they are planning to do now, like fogging or creating awareness among masses, should have been done well in time. Now when so many people have lost their lives and many are suffering, it would be of no use,” said YM Gupta, president of Sushant Lok (2 and 3), RWA. According to the health department, the number of patients has increased because more people are undergoing blood test.
“Till last year people were not so aware. Generally when a person suffers from fever he doesn’t mind taking medicine on his own. And people do take malaria medicine too without even getting their blood test done. But this year many are going for blood test and certainly that is the major reason that official figure of malaria patient is more than last year,” said Dr Mahender Gupta, district malaria officer.