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Rain spikes dengue fear, gives MC,health department sleepless nights

punjab Updated: Sep 20, 2015 20:06 IST
Arjun Sharma
Arjun Sharma
Hindustan Times
Ludhiana municipal corporation

Rain on Sunday has prompted the municipal corporation (MC) officials to issue guidelines to residents in view of the rising number of dengue cases in the district.

In a meeting early this week, the health department was told by special secretary of health and family welfare Vikas Garg that there is a need to contain dengue cases and prevention of spread of the disease.

Waste containers, earthen pots - dengue factories

Heavy downpour has created panic in the health department. Earthen pots and other containers that most of the residents place on the rooftops have become a nightmare for the authorities, who believe that these could become a breeding ground for the mosquitoes spreading dengue.

In the wake of the Sunday's heavy rain and forecast of more rain in the coming days in Ludhiana by the Chandigarh Metrological Centre, waste containers and earthen pots lying on rooftop and gardens could become dengue factories in the coming days.

'Step up check on mosquito breeding after rain'

Chief of health and sanitation wing of the MC Amarjit Singh Sekhon said after Sunday's rain, a sustained campaign against dengue will be organised in different areas of the city. There are possibilities due to heavy rain that water stagnates in containers and could give rise to mosquito breeding, which leads to spike in dengue cases.

The chief of health and sanitation wing of the MC said water stored in the earthen pots and other waste material like tyres is extremely dangerous during this time when dengue is spreading like a wild fire.

"We are distributing pamphlets and holding inspections in the residential areas of the city to check whether there is stagnant water that could risk the lives of the residents," Sekhon added.

Fresh dengue cases

On Sunday, 75 fresh cases of dengue were reported from different Ludhiana hospitals. While the health department did not confirm the cases till evening, sources stated that there were 32 cases of dengue reported from Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, 23 from SPS hospital and 22 from Christian Medical College and Hospital.

Dengue alert

Year Dengue cases
2008 2,506
2009 89
2010 2,150
2011 1,662
2012 209
2013 1,033
2014 184