Ludhiana, December 7
The district has been witnessing a continuous rise in number of dengue cases. The confirmed cases of the disease have touched 1,830, including 1,056 locals and 774 outsiders, while the count of suspected cases of dengue virus (DENV), which has four serotypes and it is possible to be infected four times, has reached 3,389 in the district, this season so far.
With this, Ludhiana continues to be the second worst-hit district in the state.
As many as 103 confirmed and 113 suspected cases have been added in the past eight days with an average addition of 13 confirmed and 14 suspected patients daily as there were 1,727 confirmed, including 1,007 locals and 720 outsiders, and 3,276 suspected cases here on November 29. However, no death has been reported so far.
The Civil Surgeon, Dr Hitinder Kaur Sohal, said six fresh confirmed dengue cases, including three each local residents and outsiders, were reported in the district during the past 24 hours, taking the cumulative tally to 1,056 locals and 774 outsiders besides 3,389 suspected patients.
She said nine seriously ill patients were hospitalised in various private institutions till this evening while 531 cases had been discharged after recovery from the hospitals so far.
“Effective measures were being taken for the prevention and control of dengue, which requires sustained community involvement to improve the efforts substantially,” she disclosed.
The joint campaign by the Health Department and the Municipal Corporation (MC) has so far issued 1,966 challans, including 1,156 by the Civil Surgeon office and 810 by the MC, for letting the mosquito breeding and virus spread.
Besides, 1,338 of the total 1,60,473 houses visited and 1,383 of the total 2,69,154 containers checked across the district so far had been found positive for DENV.
City most prone
The city has turned out to be most prone for dengue virus with the maximum of 731 confirmed cases so far. The urban areas have become hotspots with 793 confirmed dengue patients, including 731 from Ludhiana city, 59 from Khanna and three from Jagraon. However, the rural areas have so far reported 263 confirmed DENV cases, including 56 from Sahnewal, 48 Koom Kalan, 23 Machhiwara, 13 Samrala, 12 each Raikot and Maloud, 11 Sudhar, nine Pakhowal, six Hathur, and three from Sidhwan Bet.
Malaria static, chikungunya nil
Though the incidence of malaria was maximum this year, no fresh case was reported in the district during the past one week. With the number of cases remaining static at 32, only 4 cases were added to the tally in the past 27 days from the count of 28 reported in the district on November 10. Also, no case of chikungunya has been reported in Ludhiana so far.
Coordinated efforts on: DC
“We are making coordinated efforts by roping in all the concerned departments and official machinery to control the further spread of dengue in the district. Special wards for patients, adequate availability of drugs and clinical examination facilities have been put in place besides undertaking concerted testing and challaning drive,” said Surabhi Malik, Deputy Commissioner
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