After Covid, Punjab faces dengue outbreak scare - ECAS Punjab

After Covid, Punjab faces dengue outbreak scare

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Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 24

After struggling with the Covid-19 outbreak, the state is staring at a dengue epidemic this year. So far, the number of dengue cases is almost 35 per cent higher than the last year.

On an average, 180 cases per day are being reported across the state. As per the state's Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, the state had reported nearly 4,000 dengue cases till Saturday. The number was around 2,600 in the corresponding period last year.

In 2019, the state had recorded 10,289 cases and 14 deaths.

Regular checks must

Residents must check mosquito breeding grounds around them. Otherwise, it will become difficult for the department to bear the pressure of another outbreak. —Dr Manjit Singh, Director, Health services

According to Health Department officials, the way mosquito larvae were being detected in residential areas, the number could easily cross the last year's count. Ludhiana is the worst-affected district with 790 cases. It is followed by Tarn Taran (394 cases), Moga (330) Ferozepur (326) and Bathinda (261).

Alarmed at the situation, the Health Department has asked all civil surgeons to take necessary steps to control the outbreak. Punjab's Director, Health Services, Dr Manjit Singh said the situation was alarming. "Residents must check mosquito breeding grounds around them. Otherwise, it will become difficult for the Health Department to bear pressure of another outbreak," he said.



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