With three dengue cases reported from the city, the health department has swung into action. The department has advised the municipal council to spray insecticides in the city. These cases of dengue will also be discussed at a monthly meeting of senior medical officers on October 11.
As part of the measures to tackle the disease, the civil hospital has arranged platelet separator machine, said assistant civil surgeon Dr Gian Chand.
Civil surgeon Dr Renu was out of town and did not respond to calls.
However, no dengue patient has approached the civil hospital.
The local health department knew about the cases only after authorities at the Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana informed them.
Government hospitals in the district have no arrangement of diagnostic kits like ELISA-based NS1 kit and Mac ELISA for the fever. Thus, the samples have to be sent to Sangrur.
Barnala has a special status as far as dengue prevention is concerned and is covered under the Urban Malaria Scheme (Anti Larval Operation) since 2008. The scheme aims to reduce transmission and morbidity. Under this scheme, central government provides 50% material in kind for anti-larvae operations in urban areas.