Dengue claims Kalka boy’s life

Jaswinder Singh Baidwan

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The region witnessed the first death due to dengue last evening. An 11-year-old boy from Kalka in Panchkula district died at the PGI after suffering from fever for three days. The deceased has been identified as Aryan. His father Sunil Sethi said Aryan was admitted to Rana Hospital in Kalka on September 17. Later, he was referred to the PGI, where he died yesterday.
The number of dengue patients from Chandigarh and its adjoining districts of Panchkula and Mohali touched 195 today. Of them, 154 are from the tricity alone.
In the wake of the staggering number of dengue cases reported from the city, UT Health Secretary Anurag Aggarwal convened an emergency meeting of officials of various departments and medical experts to deal with the situation. With 15 new cases reported today, the number of dengue patients has increased to 135 in Chandigarh alone.
During the meeting, it was decided that an extensive survey of the city would be done and the public roped in to check the breeding of mosquitoes. Aggarwal asked the DPI (Schools) to issue guidelines to all government schools to spread awareness among students.
The Municipal Commissioner was directed to arrange a meeting of all councillors and members of the Federation of Sectors Welfare Association Chandigarh (FOSWAC) to involve them in spreading awareness on dengue.
Maximum cases reported from Sectors 37, 38
The maximum number of dengue cases has been reported from Sectors 37 and 38. Nodal officer for dengue Anil Garg said nearly 20 per cent of the cases had been reported from these two sectors.
Today, the teams of the malaria wing detected larvae at gurdwaras in Sectors 37 and 38, he said.
42 cases reported from Mohali dist
The number of dengue cases in Mohali district has reached 42. Twelve samples were tested today at a special laboratory in the Mohali Civil Hospital, Phase VI.
Out of the 12, seven tested positive for dengue. Of the 42 cases, 18 patients are from Mohali while among the remaining cases, five are from Kharar, four from Zirakpur, two from Nayagaon and one from Kurali.