Already caught off guard by the diarrhoea outbreak, the Municipal Corporation (MC) Moga is yet to begin fogging process to protect people against dengue. This situation gets even more critical here as the MC has only one fogging machine for the whole city.
Awakened after the diarrhoea outbreak in the city , the MC authorities are now preparing to fight the dengue with the only machine available with them which is expected to start from Wednesday.
The move reportedly comes after the health authorities have discovered larvae during a routine inspection at Grain market area in Moga on Monday.
The authorities seems not to have learn any lesson from last year’s number of cases, when dengue epidemic had affected 500 people, even senior medical officer (SMO) Civil Hospital Moga had tested positive with dengue disease.
The MC Moga only has a single fogging mechanised device installed on Tata Ace while another similar machinery has been ordered which is expected to be arrived within a week. The authorities don’t have even a single manual fogging device which can be carried on shoulders.
Officials said that they have recently received the chemicals for the fogging and due to ongoing strike of MC federation the fogging process was further delayed.
Kuldeep Singh Vaid, deputy commissioner (DC) cum MC commissioner said, ‘‘The second fogging machine will arrive within day or two while the purchase of two more similar machineries is on the cards,” he said. Vaid added that they have also ordered eight manual fogging devices to control over the dengue epidemic in this season.