People living in the ward number 14 of the Ludhiana municipal corporation are highly prone to vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue, as mosquitoes are breeding faster in stagnant rainwater at various places here.
What's more, the absence of fogging by the municipal corporation (MC) has been intensifying the chances of outbreak even further. Contrary to the claims of MC, residents say fogging in the ward was not done since long.
When this reporter visited various disease-prone areas of the ward number 14, he found rainwater accumulated at many places and mosquitoes flying around it.
Stagnant water was found at many places in Deep Colony, Ishar Colony, Prem Nagar and other parts of Dhandari Kalan here.
Residents at Prem Nagar and slum areas at Dhandari claimed that the fogging was not done by MC this season so far, despite the fact that the accumulated water and poor sanitary conditions were inviting the diseases. While the residents of Deep Colony claimed that a team has conducted fogging a week back, but they did not come return.
Recently a team of the health department had also conducted an awareness campaign there, but the authorities concerned did not pay ant heed to the poor conditions of the area.
Bhupinder Kumar, who lives in a slum near Dhandari, said they were forced to live in poor sanitary conditions, adding that a number of dengue cases were reported few years back from the area.
Fogging was not conducted in our area, he said, adding that the area councillor should pay attention towards their poor sanitary situation.
The sanitary conditions in and around slums are too poor. There is also a high risk of aedes mosquitoes breeding - which carry dengue parasite to the human body - in the area. There is also a risk of breeding of female Anopheles mosquitoes - the vector that carries malaria parasite to human body.
Meanwhile, Sushil of Deep Colony appealed to the deputy commissioner to take steps for the prevention of diseases in the area. He said the drains were not working properly and the dirty water, outside his home (near mosque), is an open invitation to outbreak of vector-borne diseases. Looking at the existing situation, fogging should be conducted on daily basis in the area, he added.
The corporation has allotted a fogging machine to every councillor, even though the residents are complaining about absence of fogging in their localities.
Megha Aggarwal, councillor from the ward number 14, was not available for a comment.
Dr Anil Verma, district epidemiologist, assured the residents that teams of the health department would also visit in these areas to spray insecticide and would make people aware of the vector-borne diseases.