Published On: Fri, Sep 23rd, 2016

Dengue cases toll crosses 1000 mark in Uttarakhand

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As the health authorities and civic bodies in the state continue awareness camps and aggressive fogging to battle the dengue menace, the viral disease shows no signs of abating. On Thursday, the number of dengue patients in the state crossed the 1,000 mark.

Of the 1,002 cases of dengue reported in Uttarakhand on Thursday, 884 are from Dehradun followed by Haridwar (59), Nainital (55) and Pauri (4).

In Dehradun, Doon Medical College Hospital has treated the maximum number of dengue patients. The hospital authorities said that 834 patients have been admitted to the hospital this season and have received treatment. The dengue outbreak this year has been severe despite preventive measures, including fogging, taken by authorities. In 2015, the state had recorded 829 cases of the disease while only 222 cases had been registered in 2014 and 221 cases in 2013.

On directions of chief minister Harish Rawat, principal secretary (health) Om Prakash conducts a meeting every evening to monitor the work being done to check the dengue menace. After the meeting on Thursday, Prakash said that the representatives of nagar nigam, district administration, health department, civil defence, Red Cross, and RWAs have prepared an effective strategy to deal with the situation.

He said that local corporations, zonal magistrates and Asha workers have formed teams to monitor the development work against dengue ward-wise. Prakash added that each day around 200 Asha workers were visiting wards and mohallas for the door-to-door sanitisation programme.

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