Despite the much-hyped joint drive of the municipal corporation (MC) and health department for prevention of dengue and malaria, the corporation has failed to act against negligent residents allowing breeding of mosquitoes.
Two weeks after the drive was launched, MC officials are clueless about number of challans issued to negligent residents. Meanwhile, dengue cases continue to surface across the city. As many as 274 cases of dengue have been reported in October alone. Before that September witnessed 181 cases, while 21 cases were confirmed in July and August.
Corporation officials claim to have issued 5-7 challans after finding larvae on premises of different buildings. However, health department has no information about these challans, despite finding and larvae at many places and informing the MC about them.
Sources said though the health department had regularly being discovering mosquito larvae during the drive, the MC teams were not issuing challans to people allowing breeding of aedes mosquitoes.
Recently, the health teams had found larvae at various places, including the railway station, but no MC team reached the spot to issue challans.
"We have issued about seven challans so far. The drive is being conducted regularly, but larvae are not found at every place. Rs. 500 are being charged from defaulters," claimed Pawan Sharma, sanitary inspector, MC.
On being asked, he expressed ignorance over how many spots were visited to check larvae of mosquitoes.
On the other hand, Manpreet Singh, inspector of anti-malaria wing, district health department, said the breeding checkers found larvae commonly these days at different places. "We then inform the MC teams to take further action," he added.
Meanwhile, district epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma also expressed ignorance about issuance of challans by the MC.
Ludhiana deputy commissioner had recently asked the MC to issue challans to persons responsible for breeding of larvae.
When contacted, AS Sekhon, chief of health and sanitation wing and joint commissioner, MC, said, "We are issuing challans, and will intensify the drive against dengue and malaria. We will issue more challans in coming days. Fogging is also being conducted as per schedule."
31 more dengue cases
As many as 31 new cases of dengue were reported from different city hospitals on Sunday. Of them 11 patients belong to Ludhiana district areas, including Mullanpur, Khanna, Dugri, Phullanwal, Bharat Nagar Chowk, Vishal Nagar, Gurnam Nagar, Lohara, Rishi Nagar and Sherpur.
Three patients are from Hoshiarpur, two each from Sangrur and Kapurthala while one each are from Fatehgarh Sahib, Amritsar and Patiala. Besides, nine patients belong to Jammu and Kashmir, and one is from Himachal Pradesh.
A total of 476 dengue cases have been reported this year. Of them 247 patients belong to Ludhiana.