With 787 cases and counting, dengue has hit the tricity hard. Maximum cases have been reported from SAS Nagar while Panchkula has reported chikungunya after 5 years. HT takes stock of the situation:
Chandigarh : 149 cases
With 14 new dengue cases reported on Monday, the city now has 149 cases. Sector 41 has reported 23 cases, followed by 15 cases each from Sector 42 and Manimajra. Sector 15 and Maloya have reported 14 cases each and 11 residents of Mauli Jagran have been infected. Ten cases each have been reported from Sectors 22 and 23.
Seven residents at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) are also down with the disease.
“These cases include confirmed and probable dengue cases. The probable dengue cases are those, where the patients have been tested positive of dengue by private laboratories but for confirmation, they have to undergo ELISA test in a government lab,” said Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, anti-malaria officer, UT health department.
When asked, if the situation can be called an epidemic, Dr Gaurav Aggarwal said, “We would call it an epidemic is there is a clustering – several cases from one row of houses. Right now, we are getting isolated dengue cases from a sector. Clustering is epidemic, which is not happening in Chandigarh, so far.”
At the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, 40 viral fever patients are admitted at the emergency and 100 at medicine OPD.
Dr Ram Singh, of internal medicine, GMCH-32, said, “We are receiving more than 100 cases of viral fever a day. This is of five kinds — dengue, malaria, chikungunya, scrub typhus, common cold. Dengue is the most common.”
No fresh case of chickungunya has been reported. However, testing facility for chickungunya has been started in GMCH Sector 32 and will soon be started at GMSH-16 as well.
- Tanbir Dhaliwal
Mohali: 560 cases
The number of dengue cases in the district this year — at 560 till Monday evening — has already crossed last year’s figure of 544 patients. The authorities attribute the rise in number of cases to increased awareness and early diagnosis.
“There is awareness and the percentage of people going for early tests has risen, leading to more detection,” said Dr Ranjit Guru, civil surgeon, SAS Nagar. She added dengue was a seasonal disease that peaked in September. “We hope the number of patients will come down over the next 10 days.” she added.
Epidemiologist Dr Avtar Singh said most number of cases were reported from Phases 4 and 5.
“Increased in number of migrant workers from states like Bihar and UP makes the district vulnerable. Around 80% of cases reported are among migrant labourers,” he added.
This season, three deaths have been reported from the district of which two were from Kharar and one from SAS Nagar. A 54-year-old assistant with PSPCL Sham Lal died at the Max Hospital, Phase-6, last week. Kamaldeep Goyal, who lived near Imliwala Mandir in Kharar died at Fortis Hospital, SAS Nagar.
Santosh Rani, a resident of Kumharanwala Mohalla, died at PGI Chandigarh.
The MC does not have the staff and the machinery to carry out fogging. MC commissioner Rajesh Dhiman said, “We have ordered one new fogging machine and we have two. We will ensure fogging is done in afternoon also.”
Panchkula: 78 cases
In the district where there were no cases of dengue in 2014 and 194 cases in 2015, this year 78 dengue cases have been reported till Monday evening.
The numbers could be lower than the actual as lab technicians — demanding more pay — went on strike on Monday, hitting the work of testing of samples at General Hospital, Sector 6. The hospital had to employ doctors and nurses to take sample but no testing could take place. The patients had to suffer as it took time to give samples. The technicians are demanding revised pay scales.
For Tuesday director general of health services Dr Kamla Singh has declared the strike illegal and warned that strict action would be taken.
This year seven cases of chikungunya have been reported, after five years, health department officials said.
“At this time of the year, the weather facilitates dengue,” said Panchkula civil surgeon Dr VK Bansal, adding that Haripur village in Sector 4 had reported 8-10 cases, but the area had been made free of larvae.
Fogging has been done in Sectors 4, 5 of Mansa Devi Complex and Sectors 1,4,5,6, 7,8,9,10,11,17,18, and 19.
Most dengue patients in Panchkula have been reporting at General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula.
“We have reserved beds for dengue patients. We deployed four doctors at emergency,” Dr Bansal said.