Tribune News Service
Patiala, October 24
Amid coronavirus, the vector-borne disease, dengue, is spreading in the district. So far, 153 people have contracted dengue in the district. The rising dengue cases have already set alarm bells ringing for both residents and health officials.
Of 153 positive cases, 75 have been reported from Patiala, 34 from Rajpura, 15 Samana, four from Nabha and 25 from villages.
Concerned over the rising cases, the Patiala Civil Surgeon, Dr Harish Malhotra, himself went door-to-door to check mosquito larvae as part of the anti-dengue drive on Friday.
He was accompanied by the district epidemiologist, Dr Gurmeet Singh.
Dr Malhotra said 21, 443 households were inspected by health workers during the drive. Dengue larvae were found in 121 households, Dr Malhotra added.
House owners were issued ‘warning notices’ after dengue larvae were found on their premises, Dr Malhotra said. Urban areas were more strained than the rural, Dr Malhotra added.
“The situation may turn serious if people show a lackadaisical attitude towards dengue. Larvae have been found regularly during the drive. Therefore, people should play an active role in controlling the spread of the vector-borne disease,” Dr Malhotra said.
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