Notwithstanding tall claims of health department on anti dengue activities, the vector-borne disease is continuing to haunt the residents of provisional State Capital Dehradun and nearby areas. The dropping of the temperatures is also having no controlling effect on dengue virus which is continuing to hit the population hard. On Friday, the district health authorities reported 78 new cases of the disease. With these cases the number of dengue affected patients in the state capital has climbed 3,809.
The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Dehradun, Dr S K Gupta said that 39 cases of the disease were reported by the laboratory of Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) hospital on Friday. Similarly 29 new cases were reported from the Gandhi centenary eye hospital and 10 cases were reported from Community Health Centre (CHC) Raipur. The health department has set up facility of Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) test at GDMC, Coronation, Gandhi eye, SPS Rishikesh and CHC Raipur hospitals.
The CMO said that teams of health department undertook source reduction activities in many areas of the city. The survey of dengue larvae was done at Shakti Vihar colony on the day.
Dr Gupta said that there is no need of panic for the disease but advised people to ensure that breeding grounds inside and in the vicinity of their houses is destroyed.
He said that people should wear full sleeved clothes during day time to reduce exposure for the mosquito bite.
Dengue is a viral infection spread by the mosquito Aedes Aezypti popularly known as Tiger Mosquito.
The symptoms of the disease are persistent high fever, rashes, headache and pain in the joints.
Saturday, 05 October 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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