A pond constructed in the premises of Civil Hospital Moga has become a major reason for the proliferation of mosquito breeding.
The pond was constructed to rear mosquito larvae-eating fish, ‘Gambusia,’ to curb denguemenace, but it has failed to serve the purpose.
Water has stagnated in the two ponds built at the hospital in April this year, and is leading to mosquitoe-breeding, thus spreading dengue among the patients undergoing treatment and the employees working at the hospital.
These ponds were constructed by the Punjab Health Corporation (PHC) at state-level in every district, to curtail the breeding of mosquitoes.
Sources said that after completing its construction, the health system corporation has failed to hand-over the pond’s responsibility to the district health authorities due to which it was not brought into use.
“There was some water connection problem and the authorities said that till the connection problem is not solved, the pond cannot be brought into function,” said a source.
The authorities have failed to learn a lesson even after a dengue epidemic last year, which had claimed more than 500 toll of patients and employees including senior medical officer (SMO) Civil Hospital Moga.
Dr Manish Arora, epidemiologist, said that the rainwater stagnated in the pond, he had asked the employees to spray anti-larvae chemical in the pond to avoid the proliferation of mosquitoes.
“We can’t start functioning of the pond until the PHC handsit-over to us,” he added.