Take precautions against dengue, Patiala residents told

Take precautions against dengue, Patiala residents told

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Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 15

In the wake of rising dengue cases, the Health Department has appealed to residents to wear full-sleeved shirts and use mosquito repellent to keep mosquitoes at bay. The Health Department asked people to take extra precautions against dengue this year. Reason: the health care system is already under strain — owing to the Covid-19. In such a situation, precautions and extra care are the only way to curb dengue.

Patiala Civil Surgeon Harish Malhotra said: “People are advised to apply mosquito-repellent creams during daytime and wear full-sleeved shirts and pants. Mosquito coils should be used, and, if necessary, mosquito nets should also be used while sleeping at night.”

He said people should play an active role in curbing the disease and empty their coolers, trays of refrigerator pots and tyres.

Dr Harish said 71 dengue cases had already been reported. Meanwhile, one suspected dengue death had also been reported.

He appealed to people to visit nearest health centre as soon as possible if dengue symptoms appear, which include high fever, severe headache, joint and muscle pain.

“We have already tested over 600 persons for dengue so far. People should avoid self-medication, instead they should visit nearest health centre for treatment,” he added.

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