Eleven more cases of dengue were reported at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital here on Wednesday. Two patients are from city areas - Sector 32 and Raman Enclave - and one each from Bathinda, Fatehgarh Sahib, Hoshiarpur, Sangrur and Ferozepur. Two are from Jalandhar, while two dengue patients belong to Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the health department, a total of 51 cases of dengue were reported from city hospitals this year. Of them, 19 patients belong to Ludhiana district.
Meanwhile, due to absence of timely fogging, larvae of Aedes mosquitoes have spread in various parts of the district.
The Ludhiana health department has found larvae of Aedes mosquitoes, which carry dengue parasite to the human body, at more than 100 places in the city so far.
Even some major city hospitals have failed to control breeding of the mosquitoes on their premises.
According to the health department, the teams also found the larvae on the premises of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Pahwa Hospital, Gurdev Hospital, Mohan Dai Oswal Hospital, BL Kapoor Hospital and Bhagwan Ram Charitable Hospital.
District epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said, "We have found larvae of mosquitoes at more than 100 places in the city this year and also in coolers and containers kept on the premises of six city hospitals. We had given warnings to people to avoid stagnation of water.
He added that the larvae were found in Aman Nagar, Islam Ganj, Guru Nanak Pura, BRS Nagar, Railway Colony, Jammu Colony, Field Ganj, Saroop Nagar, Salem Tabri, New Shimla Puri, Shiv Puri, Prem Nagar, Islam Ganj, Sham Nagar, Chowwani Mohalla, Makkar Colony, Bihari Colony, Sherpur Chowk, Tyre Market opposite railway station, Transport Nagar, Dhandari, Issa Nagri and other areas.
"Our teams found maximum larvae at 30 different places in Field Ganj. We are creating awareness by distributing pamphlets and by addressing the public on prevention of dengue," Dr Verma added.
"We also conduct insecticide spray in those areas of the city from where dengue cases are being reported. We have also found larvae and mosquitoes in those areas of city from where the dengue cases were reported in the past few days. A special team of the health and family welfare department is also conducting a survey on dengue cases and to check larvae or adult Aedes mosquitoes in different city areas," he added.
Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of Rajiv Gandhi Colony, which has a slum area, said fogging was not being conducted in their area, while water was stagnant at different places.
MC additional commissioner Sumit Jarangal claimed, "We conduct fogging at least once after 10 days in all parts under the Ludhiana municipal corporation. We will look into the matter if people are complaining that fogging is not being conducted."