Fearing outbreak of dengue fever with the monsoon season drawing to a close, the district health department swung into with action after fresh cases of positive and suspected cases of such fever were reported from several hospitals in various parts of the district.
So far, one new case of dengue fever reported in Government Medical College and Rajindra Hospital on Wednesday has been confirmed, while four suspected cases have also been detected at the same hospital.
Ranjit Nagar resident Akashdeep Singh, who has been found positive for the fever, is being treated in the isolation ward of the hospital, while the suspected cases have been reported from Badungar Colony, Charan Bagh and Ajit Nagar.
Earlier, on July 12, Major Singh, a resident of Deewangarh village near Nabha, was tested positive, and later successfully underwent treatment at Dayanand Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana.
Chief medical officer (CMO) Varinder Singh Mohi said that soon after Akashdeep's diagnosis was confirmed, rapid response teams were directed to conduct fresh surveys to locate suspected cases, and to spray of mosquito killer and larvicides in residential areas and standing water.
"The teams have carried out spraying in nearly 80 houses in the Ranjit Nagar locality, besides collecting blood samples of nearly 50 suspected people to ensure early detection of the disease," he claimed, adding that epidemiologists and senior medical officers had been instructed to report to the authorities immediately if any suspected case was noticed.
"Awareness campaigns have also been organised in these areas to encourage people to adopt precautions and recognise signs and symptoms of the fever," he said.
The CMO added that dengue isolation wards had been established in civil hospitals across the district, and civic bodies of various towns and cities had been instructed to carry out fogging in the affected areas.
"We have already made all arrangements to take care of the patients, if found positive for dengue. We have also set up a well-maintained clinical laboratory at Rajindra Hospital for testing blood samples collected from suspected cases," he claimed.
Cover the body completely, especially during early morning and evening.
Dengue mosquitoes can fly only at a height of two feet above the ground, so cover legs and feet completely.
Dry water from water coolers and shift them away from the living area when not in use to restrict mosquito breeding.
General Signs and Symptoms
High fever for three to four days, and then a rapid drop in body temperature
Rashes and irritation on various body parts
Headache in front portion of head/pain upon moving the eyes
Loss of appetite