Taking the toll of dengue deaths to six in the district, a 71-year-old woman, Nirmal Kaur, of Kharar died at the Fortis Hospital on Monday. The count of dengue patients in the district is now 794.
Nirmal had had a fever since September 15, but was admitted to Fortis on September 19 with low blood platelet count.
“This was sixth dengue death. The district has 794 patients,” said SAS Nagar civil surgeon Ranjit Guru, adding that residents were not cooperating in maintaining hygiene.
“Residents need to dry up their coolers at least once a week to check the breeding of the mosquito. In case, there is a patient at home he needs to be kept in mosquito net,” said epidemiologist Dr Avtar Singh.
Civic authorities fail to turn up for meeting
Municipal corporation officials did not attend a meeting of district water supply, public health and sanitation department advisory committee held on Monday.
“We discussed measures to check dengue, but no MC official was present,” said Vineet Verma, a member of the committee, adding that the MC needed to issue a notice to penalise people in whose larvae was found to be breedin
Councillors have raised issue
SAS Nagar councillors on Friday raised concern over the dengue outbreak in the district, blaming the MC for improper fogging. Councillor HS Sarao said: “Fogging is not being carried out properly. It has to be done slowly, but the employees rush through it, defeating the purpose.” Municipal commissioner Rajesh Dhiman had told the House, “We have ordered one more fogging machine and will increase the frequency.”
Outbreak more serious this year
The dengue outbreak this year is more serious than the previous year. In 2015, 544 cases were reported till November after the first case surfaced in August.
21 more cases in Chandigarh, count at 259
Chandigarh: The number of dengue cases has touched the mark of 259 with 21 more cases being reported in last two days in the city. There are 30 chikungunya cases which includes six new cases. A surveillance drive was carried out at marble market, Dhanas, on Monday and 10 challans were issued to the defaulters.
A total of 40 challans, 50 show cause notices and 3,176 notices have been issued to date.
“Six new cases of chikungunya have been reported by GMCH-32 and PGIMER. On field investigations, it was observed that out of these, one is imported, one was reported as wrong address and four are residents of Chandigarh,” mentions the press statement.