Another 14 cases of dengue have been reported here in Chandigarh, health officials said on Wednesday. The total number of cases has reached 564 this year. According to a statement from the health department, new cases have been reported from different parts of the city.
There has been an increase in dengue cases in the city in recent weeks. Last year, 1,254 dengue cases were reported in Chandigarh. In 2015, the number was 966. The Manimajra areas have registered the maximum number of cases.
Officials at Chandigarh’s health department said other city residents, doctors working in the city’s hospitals, too, were falling prey to the disease. Chandigarh Newsline reported Wednesday that at least 16 doctors from two large hospitals, the Multi-Special Government Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16 and the Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, tested positive for dengue.
Special instructions have been given to IGP to intensify its vector control management on campus, health officials said. Heath department officials said Wednesday they are now training in schools so the message can reach parents through the children in raising awareness about keeping the environment clean.
Dr. Gaurav Aggarwal, Chandigarh’s anti-malaria officer, told Chandigarh Newsline that camps would be organized in schools to raise awareness. In addition to dengue, cases of swine flu, chikungunya and malaria have been reported. While the number of cases of swine flu has increased for a few weeks, there have been no new cases in recent days. Six deaths from swine flu have been reported here.