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Dengue threat looms large over Jamshedpur

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Jamshedpur : 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.

While two suspected cases samples were sent to the vector lab at the Dimna-based MGM Medical College for the confirmatory Elisa test two more samples have been sent today for confirmatory test at the same locations by the Integrated Diseases Surveillance Programme’s office.

The cases whose samples have been sent include that of a 50-year-old man from Golmuri undergoing treatment at Brahmanand Narayana Hrudalaya Hospital at Tamolia near Mango, a 25 year-old tribal from Purulia (Bengal) and another 26-year-old from Ichagarh in neighbouring Seraikela-Kharawan, both are admitted in ICU ward of MGM Medical College and Hospital and a 24-year old from Hurlung near Telco admitted at Tata Motors Hospital.

However, 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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