Jamshedpur, July 29 : Cases of dengue are on the rise in the city and its adjoining areas. According to information a total of 15 fresh dengue positive cases have been confirmed through the blood sample test done by the MGM Medical College’s microbiology department. In total 75 positive cases of dengue have been reported in Kolhan.
Officials of the health department said the disease was preventable if one could escape mosquito bites and urged the people to adopt precautionary measures such as use of mosquito nets, fully covering the body with clothes, and use of mosquito repellents.
Senior administrative officials moved around different slums located especially in the areas where no civic body exists and tried to make the people aware about the dengue and how to save themselves from the menace.
“We need to understand that mosquitoes that carry the virus of malaria 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,” said an official.
Meetings were also being held at Birsangar, Baridih Bustee, Carriage Colony and at certain places in Govindpur where people live in bustees in a great number without any civic facilities like clean drinking water supply, drainage or sewerage system.
The places which are prone to mosquito breeding are Dimna Bustee in Mango, Bhuiyandih in Sakchi, Kitadih in Parsudih and Jugsalai.
“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,” said the official.
The health centers across the district have been asked to provide line list of patients with symptoms for such diseases on a 24 hourly basis. The lists of patients contain name, age and sex, along with full address of the patient undergoing treatment at a health center. This would help us in locating not only the patient but also taking preventive measures in the residential area of the affected persons to prevent vector breeding centers,Ē said the official.
Preventive measures includes coordinating with the district health department (read district malaria officer) in carrying out spraying of bleaching powders, DDT and anti larvicidal in affected areas identified on the basis of location of patients undergoing treatment at health centers.