As the dengue menace in the city has reached its peak, the authorities have finally woken out of the slumber and started taking stern steps to control the outbreak.
Following the Saturday’s orders of the deputy commissioner, the health department has started a challaning drive on daily-basis. Since Monday, the department has challaned 19 residents after finding larva in their house premises. The challan carries Rs 500 penalty.
The number of confirmed dengue cases has reached 170 on Thursday, out of the 290 suspected cases reported so far. Around 80% of these cases have been reported in the past three weeks. District epidemiologist Dr Gurmeet Singh said that the re-occurrence of rain is the main reason behind the spike in dengue cases. He claimed that efforts are being made to control the situation.
The challaning drive, which was done once a week till last week, is now being held on regular basis. This will hopefully be a lesson for the residents to not allow fresh water to get stagnant in their houses, he added.
“A field report is sent to the municipal corporation (MC) on daily basis, which helps them carry out fogging in the areas from where dengue cases are being reported,” he said.
On the other hand, the MC has doubled-up the fogging in the past 48 hours.
“Earlier fogging was done once a day, which has now been increased to twice a day,” said chief sanitary officer Sarabjeet Singh. He said that the overall schedule has already been prepared for the next 10 days separately, for both, the areas falling in Patiala urban, and the rural assembly segments.
The fogging was done in areas including Kartar Colony, Archan Colony, New Yadvindra Enclave on Thursday. Fogging is scheduled in Tripari area on Friday.
Sanitary inspector Harbhajan Singh said that the residents are requested to keep their windows and doors open at the time of fogging, so that it has maximum impact on the mosquitoes.
He said that the current schedule will remain in force till dengue does not come under control.
Meanwhile, chikungunya cases have also increased to 12 so far, though, no casualty either in dengue or chikungunya cases has been reported, said the health officials.
Dr Gurmeet said that dengue will keep thriving till the time the temperature does not come down.
“Since the larva is cold sensitive, it dies after the day temperature goes below 20 degree Celsius,” he said.