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Dengue cases on rise, Amritsar MC completes fogging of city

With 300 confirmed cases of dengue in the district and suspicion of chikungunya cases on rise, solution seems a far reach. The urgent need of hour is to control the situation.

punjab Updated: Sep 18, 2016 16:06 IST
Divya Sharma
A worker fogging at the police lines quarters in Amritsar.
A worker fogging at the police lines quarters in Amritsar. (HT Photo)

With 300 confirmed cases of dengue in the district and suspicion of chikungunya cases on rise, solution seems a far reach. The urgent need of hour is to control the situation.

“We have been conducting fogging regularly in the affected areas. So far more than 300 cases have been reported in the district, most of them are coming from the walled city,” said district epidemiologist, Dr Madan Mohan.

With rise of dengue, there is a suspicion of chikungunya cases, as the same dengue mosquito is responsible for causing the disease that has been on rise in New Delhi.

“Majorly symptoms are same but in case of chikungunya, patients suffer from severe joint pains in knees and ankles, high fever and rashes. It is the bite of same mosquito Aedes Aegypti responsible for causing the disease,” Mohan said.

The city has been witnessing dengue outbreak from past three weeks. It is important to mention that construction of walled city is as such that the area is vulnerable to diseases, as houses are closely build ,the breeding endangers residents of the area.

“Dengue has been in news for a long time. All necessary measures should be taken to avoid the spread,” said Sudeepti Sharma, a student.

MC completes fogging in affected areas

Despite delay, municipal corporation (MC) initiated fogging exercise, across city after the intervention of deputy commissioner Varun Roojam last week. “We have covered entire walled city area by fogging it. Now, we will be completing fogging in the outer areas of the city,” MC health officer Dr Kanwar Ajay Singh said. “We will continue this activity, once all wards in the city have been fogged,” he added.

So far, fogging has been done in ward no 15, 41, 42, 49, 58, 07, 23, 43, 44, 37and 53.