The number of dengue cases in the city has increased to 53 and that of chikungunya has reached 35, said the city’s health department. Of the 35 chikungunya cases, two are from Noida.
In two days, the health department has screened 75 suspected samples of chikungunya and 61 of dengue, said GK Mishra, district malaria officer.
Alarmed by the rising number of cases, the health department started a fogging drive on September 2 in all five zones of the city.
“The drive was supposed to start on August 29 but was stalled due to rain. The areas which were scheduled get fogged between August 29 and September 1 are being covered in the morning. In the rest of the areas, the fogging is being carried out according to schedule in the evening,” said Mishra.
Fogging will continue till October 15.
Further, the department has set up health camps in densely populated areas of the city on the directions of the chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh.
On September 1, the chief secretary had asked for the camps to be set up to educate the public about precautions against dengue and chikungunya.
“We have sent circulars regarding the health camps to the 34 primary health care centres across the city. The camps are to be held twice a week, thus, in all, 68 health camps will be conducted,” said Mishra.