Dengue threat looms large over Jamshedpur, fresh suspect cases surface

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Jamshedpur, July 6 : Dengue is spreading across 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.

As many as 15 suspected cases of dengue has been reported from various parts of the city while the confirmed cases were three. The first dengue positive case was reported from Cable Town in Golmuri in the third week of June. The 39-year-old woman who tested positive and was undergoing treatment at the Tata Main Hospital has been released.

Two more dengue positive cases were reported on June 29 from Sonari and Kadma. Both the patients- a teenage girl and a boy- were undergoing treatment at the Tata Main Hospital.

The resurfacing of dengue positive cases has prompted the East Singhbhum district health department to direct the district filaria for a change in strategy adopting to counter vector (Aedes Aegypti) 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 sometime,” he noted.

He said that the administration will launch a special drive to create awareness on dengue and the Health Department will monitor the onset of the disease.
According to experts the unattended filth and garbage spread all over are some of the major reasons that have led to the breeding of mosquitoes.

In most cases, the garbage and waste is overflowing for days as the concerned staff do not bother to remove it through the waste lifters. Areas like Jugsalai, Baghbera, Pursudih, Marine Drive, Sundernagar are worst hit.

“Heaps of garbage and filth lie unattended in our locality but there is no one to listen. A drain is over flowing nearby our complex though I went to lodge a complained at Jugsalai Municipality but despite assurances the situation remains the same.The stink and unhygienic atmosphere bothers commuters, especially pedestrians using footpaths along the roads. People inhale these particles and fell victim to various infectious diseases,” noted Mahesh Sharma of Jugsalai.

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