As many as 22 fresh dengue cases were reported in SAS Nagar on Saturday, taking the total count of the disease in the district to 720 this season.
Of a total of 22 cases reported on Saturday, 10 are from SAS Nagar city, five from Kharar and one each from Zirakpur and Dera Bassi.
Most of the cases so far have been reported from SAS Nagar city. The municipal corporation and the health department have failed to coordinate with each other to contain the spread of the disease.
Dr Avtar Singh, an epidemiologist, said the maximum number of cases of dengue were reported from Phase 5 and 4 of the city. The health authorities have covered 43,000 houses under its door-to-door survey in the district, identifying nearly 100 houses having such patients. The civic body is yet to start fogging thrice a day.
5 deaths reported in district so far
This season, five deaths have been reported in the district. Bhupinder Singh (43) of Zirakpur died at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, on Friday while Harjinder Kaur (60) died in a private hospital in Sohana.
Sham Lal (54), an assistant with the Punjab State Power Corporation Ltd (PSPCL) died at Max Hospital, Phase 6, last week. Kamaldeep Goyal, a resident of Kharar, died at Fortis Hospital and Santosh Rani of Kumharanwala Mohalla died at PGIMER.
UT health dept goes on fogging drive
Chandigarh: Sixteen fresh cases of dengue and four of chikungunya were reported in Chandigarh on Saturday alone, a day after the UT health department found 20 patients positive for chikungunya.
As a preventive measure, fogging is being carried out daily.
The total number of dengue cases in the city has reached 238.
New chikungunya cases were reported at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, and the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER).
The UT health department claimed that the address of one of these patients was mentioned wrong. Of the 24 cases of chikungunya cases in Chandigarh, 12 are from the city, six are from other places and six were reported as wrong addresses.
Besides, the health department claims to have strengthened field activities such as awareness, checking of breeding sources like coolers, containers and tyres among others.
Free dengue testing facilities are available at the department of virology, PGIMER; department of microbiology, GMCH-32; Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, and district priority lab at the Manimajra civil hospital.