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News : Fogging Calls Flood Dengue Helpline
Chandigarh, India, Sept 19, 2016 -- With the scare of dengue and chikungunya in the city, the health department's helpline is getting calls daily by residents demanding fogging. Officials claim they are often threatened that if fogging is not carried out, they would complain to the UT adviser.
"We have a round-the-clock helpline for vector-borne diseases. Once we had returned from fogging, we got a call from the same area that one of the residents has not seen us fogging and want the area to be fumigated in his presence," said Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, anti-malaria officer, health department.
Though the health officials say fogging must be the last resort, it gets tough to refuse the demanding residents. "Fogging is an eyewash and should only be done as a last resort," said Anurag Aggarwal, health secretary.
But this does not mean much for residents scared of dengue. "There is not better treatment for this disease. So, if fogging kills the mosquitoes, we will be safe. Who knows that there is a patient in our locality who is infected with dengue or chikungunya? Moreover, the MC officials are supposed to fog regularly at this time," said Arti Verma, a resident of sector 27.
Free dengue testing facility is available at department of virology, PGI; department of microbiology, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Government Multi-specialty Hospital, Sector 16 and district priority lab at civil hospital, Manimajra.
Helpline Number | 9779558282
135 cases in city
Dengue cases reached 135 in the city with nine more cases confirmed on Sunday. The count is the same as last year.
Houses visited | 6,048
Coolers checked | 2,510
Found positive | 112
Tyres checked |103
Positive found | 2
Other containers checked | 6,838
Found positive | 41
Large water bodies treated with insecticides-77
Under-construction buildings | 32
Notices issued | 53
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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Published: Tuesday, September 20, 2016