The health department confirmed 11 fresh cases of chikungunya fever in the city, bringing the total count to 20 on Friday. The department had confirmed nine cases on Thursday.
However, as highlighted by HT, the number of chikungunya cases on ground was higher than those being reported by the health department. On Thursday, 18 cases were reported in the city.
A UT press note reads: “GMCH-32 and PGIMER have reported 11 new chikungunya cases. According to field sources, four of these cases are wrong address. The details of 20 chikungunya cases detected in Chandigarh are six imported, five wrong address and nine from Chandigarh.”
In SAS Nagar, two chikungunya cases have been reported in past few days. However, no fresh case was reported on Friday.
UT, neighbours to hold survey
On Friday, 18 fresh dengue cases were reported from various health institutions which brings the total number to 222 in the city.
The director of health and family welfare in Chandigarh met the SAS Nagar civil surgeon and Panchkula civil surgeon to discuss cross-border issues of dengue and chikungunya.
“It was decided that the line lists of all confirmed cases of dengue and chikungunya from the UT and the two districts will be shared amongst us,” read a press note.
“Accordingly, intensive survey and vigilance drives will be made by field staff of respective districts around the residence of the patient in order to control the spread of infection by curbing the breeding of mosquitoes, especially in those areas,” it further read.
It was also decided that home-to-home drives to check water stagnation to stop breeding will be intensified in the border areas.