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This is where they will count votes

PILES OF garbage and over flowing drains at Mahewa market could make counting of votes risky for the election duty employees. Though dengue has hit the city after creating havoc in Delhi, it has failed to alarm the district administration while the municipal corporation is oblivious to the danger. Mahewa market is the venue for counting of votes on November 6 but garbage piles and over flowing drains in the area have become the breading ground of mosquitoes.

india Updated: Oct 29, 2006 00:54 IST

PILES OF garbage and over flowing drains at Mahewa market could make counting of votes risky for the election duty employees. Though dengue has hit the city after creating havoc in Delhi, it has failed to alarm the district administration while the municipal corporation is oblivious to the danger.

Mahewa market is the venue for counting of votes on November 6 but garbage piles and over flowing drains in the area have become the breading ground of mosquitoes. No sanitation drive has been launched so far, which only reveals how insensitive the municipal corporation could be. 

Meanwhile, district health officials have intensified fogging in around one dozen localities in the city area where dengue patients were detected. Around two dozen patients from different localities are under going treatment in various nursing homes and private hospitals while half a dozen patients are under going treatment at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute in Lucknow.

Interestingly, the chief medical officer has denied that he has any report of detection of dengue patients even though newspapers are consistently reporting about the outbreak of the disease. He said no physician had contacted him and informed him about dengue patients in their hospital. He had issued a circular on October 27 directing all private practitioners to inform him in this regard. He said teams had been deployed in localities identified by the media. He claimed that arrangements had been made in the district hospital for the treatment of dengue patients and that there was no scarcity of blood. According to reports, Dengue patients were detected at Diwan Bazar, Rustampur, Sahibganj and Ranipur localities. The platelet counts of all the patients under going treatment in private nursing homes ranged between 12000 to 20000.

According to reports, Madhubala Pandey, a resident of Kali temple, is under going treatment in Lucknow while Kishori Lal and Sunil Kesarwani of Diwan Bazar and Vinay Kumar Gupta along with Hamid Ali are being treated at private nursing homes. 

It is to be noted that Gorakhpur is mosquito prone area and proper fogging and cleaning of drains is essential to avoid the spread of dengue virus. Open and big drains in densely populated areas like Reti Chowk, Khoonipur and Sahibganj are the breeding grounds of mosquitoes. Though residents of these areas have lodged several complaints in the corporation but no one has taken note of the complaints.