The health department has predicted that dengue cases are likely to shoot up in the coming months of September and October. Despite the health department claims that it was making all efforts to curb the mosquito-borne diseases, 23 cases of dengue have so far been reported in Ludhiana.
Despite more than 150 seminars and awareness camps held against dengue since June, the health department has not been able to control dengue and several cases from different areas have been reported so far.
Dr Ramesh Kumar, district epidemiologist, said there are possibilities that the cases of dengue could increase in the coming months as a result there is a need that preventive measures should be taken.
However, the efforts of the health department seem to be lesser effective as the department has not been able to curb the disease totally. The health department is busy in flaunting that there was no outbreak in the city rather than working on complete eradication of dengue this season.
Sources said no serious efforts were being made to make large- scale awareness and preventive measures against the spread of dengue in Ludhiana by the health department. They said even if the awareness programmes were held not more than 15-20 persons were told about the measures seriously.
Dr Ramesh said awareness camps are being held at schools and other places. "Even doctors explain the preventive measures against dengue to people who visit the civil hospital," he said. "Regular awareness and motivation against dengue was required and for this even door-to-door campaign is being held," said Dr Ramesh.
On the other hand, the municipal corporation (MC) has even failed in holding regular fogging in interior areas of the city due to which the cases reported from there were more.
On Tuesday, five dengue cases were reported that included one male from Daba road, one female from Tibba road, two males belonging to 26th Battalion and one male belonging to Baddowal who, were admitted to the civil hospital.