Indore struggles to check dengue

  • Nida Khan, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2016 12:11 IST
Integrated disease surveillance project has sounded high alert in Indore to contain a possible dengue outbreak. (Pic for representation)

With over 70 positive cases of dengue registered in Indore this month — a sharp rise from the figure reported in August — the health department is on its toes trying to keep a check on the menace.

“The number of cases has gone up in the city this year. Although the city hasn’t recorded any deaths so far, casualty reports from neighbouring places have forced us to sound a high alert in the city,” said Dr GL Sodi, in-charge, Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP).

An analysis of data and figures received from the health department shows that Indore has recorded the second-highest number of dengue cases till August 15, just after Sagar.

“There has been a major increase in the number ever since it stopped raining. Water stored in small vessels or coolers can make for ideal breeding ground of mosquitoes,” said Sodi.

The first case of dengue this year was recorded in the month of January. Since then, the number kept increasing. A total of 33 cases were recorded in the month of August alone. But the health department is relieved that no casualty has been recorded so far.

“We have been taking all possible steps to curb the disease. We are closely monitoring the patients and asking for daily updates from all hospitals,” said Dr Sodi.

Apart from that, the health department has also formed small teams for every zone to ensure that proper monitoring is done in the area. People who are not maintaining proper hygiene will be slapped with fines. “Individual responsibility matters a lot in such cases. Therefore, during the inspections we brief people about the precautions they have to take to ensure dengue-free homes,” said Dr JC Ginwal, district malaria inspector.

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