No respite from dengue in city, death toll reaches 19

Last Updated: Aug 10 2018 18:54

Every year, with the arrival of monsoon, the possibility of vector-borne disease increases. Every year, Tricity witnesses a spurt in dengue cases. Despite various advisories issued by the Health care department, the deadly disease has not been curbed. At present, city hospitals are offering free dengue-testing facility. Fever cases have also increased in the city. Recently, a case was reported from Zirakpur in which a 20-year-old youth, a resident of Golden Enclave, Zirakpur, tested positive for dengue.

Another case has been reported this week in which a migrant labourer has tested positive for dengue taking the total count to 19 in the city. As many as 21 cases of malaria and two cases of chikungunya have already been reported from Chandigarh.

Meanwhile, Health Department team has started taking measures to check the spread of dengue. The department has formed different teams to conduct a door-to-door survey to check breeding of dengue larvae. Also, local bodies have sent notice to more than 2,000 defaulters, during the current season, where dengue larvae breeding points were found. 

Earlier in this month, The Health Department had sent show-cause notices to 18 government offices, including the Punjab Secretariat, Mini Secretariat, Kendriya Sadan, Chandigarh Police headquarters and the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB), after dengue larvae was found in desert coolers installed there.