Dengue threat looms large in Jamshedpur, three cases turn positive

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Jamshedpur: Even before the Monsoon season, Dengue is spreading across the steel city. Three patients have been tested positive for dengue and one for chikungunya in the steel city.Doctors in the city blame the rise in dengue cases to the deteriorating hygene in the city. They said that if the civic bodies do nothing, the number of cases could spiral out of control.

“We had sent blood samples for dengue testing at the MGM microbiology unit. Three samples tested positive. While a resident of Sonari has been admitted to a private nursing home, two patients, one each from Baridih and Potka, have been admitted to Tata Main Hospital,” said an official of the health department.

In 2017, Jamshedpur and its outskirts recorded as many as 556 dengue cases with four casualties. In 2018, the number of cases came down to 69, largely due to a massive awareness campaign pursued by local civic authorities and Tata Steel utilities firm Jusco.

“Though the Jusco is also carrying out a routine exercise for checking the vector-borne diseases by creating awareness among the people living in the city and also carrying out anti-larval operation, it will be more effective if the drive is carried out jointly.  We have decided make the utility company to press its resources in eliminating the dengue from the city,” said an official.

The rising cases has prompted the East Singhbhum district health department to direct the district filaria for a change in strategy adopting to counter vector (AedesAegypti) menace.

The department which earlier used to only spray larvicidal apart from undertaking cleanliness exercise will be opting for  destroying unused containers (identified vector breeding centers) in the affected areas and educating people on not allowing water to stagnate in residential areas.

“As per latest directive of the district civil surgeon we have asked our men to carry out fogging exercise in the affected areas of Jugsalai and Mango with focus on identifying and destroying unused containers storing waters in houses and localities and educating locals about steps to prevent breeding of dengue vectors,” said the official.

This exercise would be held simultaneously with routine methods of spraying larvicidal in the area. “We need to understand that mosquitoes that carry the virus of dengue do not come from outside, rather they generate from the household things like flower-pots, coolers water, rejected tyre kept on the roof top or in the corner of the garden.  So we must ensure that there is no such place where water is stagnant for some time,” he noted.  He said that the administration will launch a special drive to createawareness on dengue and the Health Department will monitor the onset of the disease.

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