Ward No. 6, 7 of Sahnewal residents rue inadequate fogging

Allege civic body’s apathy, blame poor sanitation for outbreak

Ward No. 6, 7 of Sahnewal residents rue inadequate fogging

Residents claim that many people have fallen ill due to dengue. file

Lovleen Bains
Sahnewal, October 27

Residents of Ward Number 6 and 7 of Sahnewal have complained of inadequate fogging in their area even as dengue is spreading its tentacles at a rapid pace.

In Sahnewal, though fogging has begun but it’s yet to pick up pace. The nagar panchayat of Sahnewal has been able to cover only a few wards or streets, residents complain. The residents have blamed the council for showing indifferent attitude towards their health.

Mandeep Singh Sandhu, a resident of Ward Number 6, said, “Clogged sewers provide the most congenial atmosphere for mosquitoes to multiply. It has been nearly two years since we last saw any fogging machine in our ward.”

Harbans Singh Sains, a resident of Ward Number 7, rued, “Lack of regular fogging has worsened the situation here. Residents are falling prey to diseases but the council is least bothered. On the one hand there are strict instructions from the administration to undertake fogging as a matter of routine on the other hand no fogging has taken place in our ward.”

Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Ward Number 6 of Sahnewal, shared, “We requested the authorities time and again but to no avail. They come up with excuses such as shortage of staff, funds etc. In each street, many people are ill and suffering from normal to high fever.”

Vikram, who runs a medical store on the Railway road, said, “There are many patients suffering from fever and low platelet count here. But no fogging machine has ever visited the road. This despite the fact that we have asked the authorities to lay special emphasis on this particular area but none seems to be really bothered.”

Executive Officer KS Brar said, “Fogging is being conducted regularly and it is not possible that Ward Number 6 and 7 are left out in any case. I have already made a plan as per which the employees are supposed to cover particular wards on particular days. Fogging shall be ensured in every nook and corner of the town and I will ensure it personally that no ward or locality is left out,” he asserted.

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