Five cases of malaria in Patiala, health department on toes

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: Jul 08, 2016 15:42 IST
Mosquitoes breeding in stagnant water near bus stand in Patiala on Thursday. (Bharat Bhushan/HT)

Though the rainy season has just begun, as many as five cases of malaria have been reported from various parts of the city so far. Around 72 cases of malaria and 1,755 cases of dengue were reported last year.

The cases are likely to increase, as waterlogging has become a perennial problem in the city with the onset of monsoon. The stagnant water at various places often turns into breeding grounds for mosquitoes that cause dengue and malaria. While the MC officials claimed that they had begun the cleanliness drive to overcome the waterlogging problem, the health department had advised the residents to adopt precautionary measures.

Dr Gurmeet Singh, district epidemiologist, said they were sensitising the residents of various localities to prevent breeding of mosquitoes, as awareness could protect people from these diseases.

“The department has identified 10 villages around Shutrana, Badson. Villages which had annual incidences of malaria more than one and two times have been selected for malathion spray and these spraying activities have been started in all high risk villages,” he added.

Talking about its symptoms, Dr Singh said, “High fever, shivering, vomiting, nausea, headache, cough, rashes are its common symptoms. In severe cases, bleeding is also possible and patient can become unconscious. The treatment of malaria is free of cost in government hospitals.”

Meanwhile, the residents were demanding timely fogging so that diseases could be prevented. Daljit Singh, a resident, said, “Waterlogging is common in the city. So the authorities concerned should ensure proper fogging,”

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