Punjab in the grip of dengue, number of cases crosses 4,500

Tribune News Service

Visva Bharati

Chandigarh, 20 September

After the floods, the state has been hit by vector-borne diseases as it has seen around 4,500 cases of dengue and 500 cases of chikungunya.

The number of dengue cases this year till September 20 is more than double that recorded during the same period last year, when around 1,800 cases were reported. Three people – two in Patiala and one in Bathinda – have died of dengue.

The number of cases is increasing and the daily count has started touching 100. On Tuesday, 432 samples were taken and of these, 91 were found positive. Apart from this, 19 cases of chikungunya were also reported.

According to experts, the real challenge is in the next 40 days when dengue may be at its peak.

In the district-wise breakdown of cases, Hoshiarpur tops the chart with 490 cases, followed by Kapurthala (434), Bathinda (401), Amritsar (322), SAS Nagar (308) and Patiala (307). Last year, there were 11,030 dengue cases and 41 deaths in the state.

Continuing with the special campaign “Har Friday, Dengue Te Vaar” to protect people from the disease, the government’s health teams are conducting door-to-door checks and issuing challans to regular violators. So far, challans have been issued to 8,000 people in whose premises dengue larvae were found.

Health Minister Dr Balbir Singh said people need to remain alert at least till November, adding that they can easily avoid the disease by not allowing water to stagnate around them. The minister urged people to make it a routine to drain stagnant water every Friday.

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