Three more dengue patients hospitalised, toll reaches eleven

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2015 18:33 IST

Three more cases of dengue were reported in the city on Wednesday. While two of the hospitalised persons belong to the city, the third patient affected by the vector-borne disease belongs to Jalandhar.

District epidemiologist Dr Ramesh Kumar said a 19-year-old youth from Haibowal Kalan admitted to Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) and a 42-year-old woman admitted to the civil hospital on Wednesday had tested positive for dengue. A 34-year-old man from Jalandhar was also diagnosed with dengue and admitted to the local civil hospital.

On Tuesday, too, three cases of dengue were reported in the city. All patients belonged to the city, including one each from Baddowal, Haibowal Kalan and BRS Nagar. While a 22-year-old youth was admitted to the civil hospital, a 28-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman were admitted to DMCH.

As per official records, the total number of city-based patients who have tested positive for dengue has reached 11. Nine patients from Bathinda and one each from Kapurthala and Jalandhar have also been hospitalised in Ludhiana.

Even as the municipal corporation (MC) and health department are taking steps to curb the spread of dengue, residents claim the efforts are not enough.

Amarjit Singh Sekhon, chief of the MC's health and sanitation wing, said that fogging schedule has been prepared and all areas of the city have been included in it.

"The MC is carrying out regular fogging to prevent the spread of dengue. To ensure compliance, special orders have been issued to the staff of the health and sanitation wing,"said Sekhon.

Jagjit Singh Mann, a resident of Gurubagh Colony on Chandigarh Road and president of Watavaran Sambhal Society, however, claimed no fogging took place in his vicinity.

Mann said his locality falls in the ward represented by the senior deputy mayor. "It is surprising that the MC never visits this area for fogging, putting the residents at risk of contracting dengue and malaria,"he said.

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