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Clean your refrigerators as deadly mosquitoes may be breeding inside

Dr Inderpal Singh Saini, state epidemiologist said coolers, water bowels, uncovered overhead water tanks are the most common breeding points. 

punjab Updated: Sep 20, 2017 13:55 IST
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Tanbir Dhaliwal
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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Recently, health department teams found new breeding points - old refrigerators. Water collected in the refrigerators, which do not have automatic de-frosting facility, are common breeding points.(HT File )

Refrigerators are the new mosquito breeding sites in Chandigarh as the officials of the UT health department have found mosquito larvae in at least 40 equipment in less than a week’s time.

Dr Inderpal Singh Saini, state epidemiologist said coolers, water bowels, uncovered overhead water tanks are the most common breeding points.

“If we search 100 coolers, then 70 will have larvae. Similarly, 50% of bowels and 30% of overhead water tanks inspected by us had mosquito larvae,” said Dr Saini.He added that larvae are also found in plant pots, buckets or sheets placed under air-conditioners to collect water.

Recently, the teams of health department have found new breeding points and that is old model refrigerators. “Water collected in the refrigerators, which are of old model and do not have automatic de-frosting facility and are the common breeding points,” Dr Saini said.

He said in the last one week, the teams have found at least 40 fridges with mosquito larvae. Most of these cases were found in semi-urban areas such as Bapu Dham colony, Sector 26 and other areas.

449 dengue cases in Chandigarh; 50% from Manimajra

With 14 new cases, Chandigarh has recorded 449 total dengue cases and almost half of these cases are from Manimajra. Dr Inderpal Singh Saini said, “Till today, there are 449 dengue cases and 220 of these are from Manimajra, 40 from Kishangarh, 30 from Khuda Ali Sher and other areas.”

According to Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, Anti malaria officer, “the cases from Manimajra have been stabilised and the situation is under control.”

6 government buildings issued show cause notice

The anti-malaria wing has issued over 3,000 notices, 16 show cause notices and 16 challans to defaulters so far,Six government buildings were issued show cause notices for being repeated defaulters.Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital Sector 26, Institute for Blind, Sector 26, the engineering department of Chandigarh Housing Board, Sector 9, Khalsa College, Sector 26, CTU workshop, Sector 17 and Nari Niketan, Sector 26, were the offenders.

Mass mobilisation to aware residents

The department has now started mass mobilisation campaign where every Sunday, NGOs and members of resident welfare societies will visit every house of their area and educate people about how to prevent vector–borne diseases.

First Published: Sep 20, 2017 13:54 IST