Patiala district sees 33 fresh cases of dengue

Temperature still conducive to spread of disease, take steps: Health officials

Patiala district sees 33 fresh cases of dengue

Fogging being carried out by civic body workers in a residential area in Patiala.

Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 25

The Civil Surgeon, Patiala, today directed SMOs in the region to ensure spray of larvicide and fogging in the wake of rain that lashed the district yesterday. BDPOs in the region said they had also issued guidelines to village panchayats to carry out spray of larvicide and fogging in view of the dengue threat.

 The tally

  • Officials said 33 new cases of dengue were reported on Monday, including 26 from urban areas (those under municipal corporations and municipal councils) and seven from rural areas. The total count has now reached 451.

Officials said 33 new cases of dengue were reported today, including 26 from urban areas (those under municipal corporations and municipal councils) and seven from rural areas. The total count has now reached 451.

The threat of dengue spread due of water accumulated in various villages has increased. People should be made aware of the spread of the disease from water and should be informed about proper clearance of breeding sites. Larvicide should be sprayed at all necessary places while the record of dengue positive cases should be shared with offices of municipal committees. Dr Prince Sodhi, Civil Surgeon

The Civil Surgeon, Dr Prince Sodhi, said the threat of dengue spread due of water accumulated in various villages had increased. He said, “People should be made aware of the spread of the disease from water and should be informed about proper clearance of breeding sites.”

He said larvicide should be sprayed at all necessary places while the record of dengue positive cases should be shared with offices of municipal committees.”

Officials of the Health Department pointed out that despite rain and a drop in the temperature yesterday, mercury in

the region remain conducive to the spread of dengue. “People should take measures to destroy dengue larvae as the temperature is expected to remain conducive to dengue for another 10 days,” they said.

The Civil Surgeon also directed officials to increase Covid testing in the region. He said, “Proper vigil should be carried out during the festival season. He said the process of holding Covid-19 vaccination camps would be restarted and it would be held thrice a week — on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Meanwhile, steps to contain the spread of dengue in villages have been intensified.

BDPO offices today stated that they had been given permission for the purchase of fogging equipment.

Ramesh Kumar, Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO), Rajpura, said, “As per the directions of the department, we have told panchayats to carry out fogging and larvacide in all villages. All stagnant water is being cleared. Also, some villages in our area are already in possession of fogging machines. We have bought four hand-held machines for fogging and provided these for use.”

Rajnish, Block Development and Panchayat Officer (BDPO), Patiala (rural), said, “A meeting was held with officials of the Health Department. We have directed the panchayats to ensure all empty overhead water tanks are cleaned. We usually do not have separate equipment for fogging. We have received permission from the panchayat samiti to purchase equipment for fogging.”

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