Rise in dengue cases in Mohali

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Old 21-Sep-2008
Rise in dengue cases in Mohali

MOHALI: Lack of coordination between administration, MC and health authorities has led to a surge in dengue cases in Mohali. So far, the city has witnessed 34 cases and 85% of them are reported from posh residential areas of phases 3B, 3B1 and 3B2. Instead of taking steps at the initial stage when the first case was reported from phase 3B1, administration woke from its slumber after 34 people were found to be suffering from dengue.

Surprisingly, no one took the threat seriously at the initial stage as health officials described it as a sporadic case, while municipal council officials claimed to have completed fumigation in residential areas. These claims, however, fell flat after Mohali witnessed a rise in the number of dengue cases over the past few days.

According to health officials, the number would rise further as one month is still has left for the season to get over. Officials said mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus are present in phases 3B, 3B1 and 3B2 and for this, proper fogging is required. Worried over the rising cases, two days back, district health officer and civil surgeon had met deputy commissioner Rahul Bhandari to discuss the situation.

In the meeting, both these officials informed the DC that there is urgent necessity to kill the adult mosquitoes besides the need to educate the residents against allowing water to stagnate in containers, coolers and tyres.

Municipal council has failed to provide basic amenities to residents, even failed to carry out fumigation in the residential areas, that has led to an increase in the problem. While the MC authorities claimed carrying out fogging in different residential areas, the health officials said MC did not put in required efforts.

Concerned over the increasing number of dengue cases in the city, DC Rahul Bhandari, finally, on Friday issued written instructions to the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority, municipal council and PSIEC for their attention to the problem.

He directed sprinkling of medicines and proper fogging in the affected areas.

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