Panchkula, October 27
With 28 fresh cases, the official dengue tally breached the 500 mark and settled at 519 in the district today. One fatality due to the vector-borne disease is now officially confirmed. A 17-year-old girl, a resident of Ashiyana in Sector 20, had died of the disease. According to officials, she was admitted to the Civil Hospital with unstable vitals on October 25. She died the next day.
Though the local Health Department registered its first dengue death today, several RWAs have challenged the claim.
On several occasions, the Sector 10 RWA has claimed that the locality has seen three dengue deaths this season but the Health Department did not record it in its official toll.
Local citizens have also complained about lack of fogging to check the spread of vector-borne diseases.
On the other hand, the Municipal Corporation claimed to have procured 11 new machines to intensify fogging in every ward of the city.
The district, which saw only five dengue cases till the end of August, has been witnessing a massive surge in the cases since the past month. The affected areas are Sector 4, 7, 10, 11, 15, 19, 20, 21 and 26, Old Panchkula and Rally, Abheypur, Budhanpur and Haripur villages.
Meanwhile, cases have also been reported from Surajpur, Marranwala, Pinjore, Kalka, Kot and Barwala areas.
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