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Dengue count reaches 130 in Amritsar, authorities move to curb epidemic

punjab Updated: Sep 10, 2016 15:28 IST
HT Correspondent
Dengue count

Health and MC officials at a tyre shop during their anti-dengue operation in the Jahazgarh area of Amritsar on Friday. (HT Photo)

A joint operation to curb the incidence of dengue was conducted by officials of the health department and the municipal corporation in dengue-affected areas of the city as 11 new cases were reported on Friday.

So far, 130 cases have been found dengue-positive out of the suspected 262. The number stood at 119 on Thursday. There has been a constant rise in the cases in the city for the past two weeks.

On Friday, challans were issued by the teams to owners of tyre shops in the Jahajgarh area of the city after the presence of larvae was detected in their shops.

The teams even ordered fogging in the areas such as Katra Moti Ram, Khu Suniarian, Katra Dal Singh, Gopal Nagar, Kartar Nagar and others.

The health officials visited the anganwadi situated in Ekta Nagar as well.

District epidemiologist Dr Madan Mohan said that people were informed about the reasons, symptoms and precautions to be taken to curb the epidemic.

He said, “People themselves need to take precautions. We issued challans as we want people should realise their mistakes. Carelessness can lead to the spread of dengue and breeding of mosquitoes.”

Sanitary inspector Rakesh Marwah of the corporation accompanied the members of the anti-larvae team.

In past too, the health authorities have been carrying out fogging exercise in the city. Interestingly, out 130 cases reported in the city, majority belong to the walled area of the city.

Doctors advise that one should wear full sleeve clothes and should watch out against stagnant water near their houses.

Deputy commissioner Varun Roojam had also held a meeting of officials and had directed them to take steps to curb the outbreak of dengue.

Jatinder Singh, a private company employee, said, “The fogging process has not been initiated in many parts from where dengue cases have been reported.”

Ritu Sharma, a school teacher, said, “Everyday, new cases are being reported in newspapers. It is really risky. I make sure that I don’t go near areas full of water.”