Dengue alert in Dhar after 43 cases surface in one month
Forty-three cases of dengue, including a death, have been reported from backward regions of Dhar district in the last month despite measures taken to tackle the disease.
District malaria officer Dr Jaisingh Kanesh confirmed the number and said larvae and fever survey were being conducted within 400 metres of the area where dengue patients are found, as per WHO recommendations.
However, despite holding regular surveys in Bhoi Mohalla and Ganpati Marg, larvae were found in the house of two people, Govind Rathore and Mangilal.
Nine-year-old Aditya Thakur died of dengue 15 days back at a hospital in Indore while Akash Sujan was rushed to a private hospital there on Sunday after being diagnosed with the disease.
Both Thakur and Sujan are from Naugaon area, which has seen the most number of dengue cases recently, especially in Matabakhal, Dabari, Chhota Gawlivada and Bhaktambar Colony areas.
Malaria department officials said dengue threat persists even after rains stopped and measures taken. The team has been putting timophost solution in water tanks and spraying pyratham in affected areas at regular intervals.
The malaria department has identified Sanjay Nagar, Brahmakundi, Gulmohar Colony, Shrinagar Colony and Bus stand areas as those prone to the disease and where similar measures have been adopted.
“Dengue is reaching alarming levels in the district. There are instances where patients’ blood samples have been sent to Mumbai for confirmation of dengue,” private medical practitioner and social worker Dr Manohar Singh Thakur said.
Claiming that there are adequate facilities to treat dengue, Bhoj district hospital civil surgeon Dr Mahesh Borasi said about 60 people with complaints of fever visit the hospital daily. About 2,899 patients have visited the district hospital in September.
“We pay special attention to suspect cases and keep them in isolation ward. Patients are discharged after 4-5 days of treatment. We send blood samples to MY hospital if the patient’s condition deteriorates,” he told HT.
A malaria department official, on condition of anonymity, said people have lost faith in government hospital because they think there are no adequate facilities there.