News : Over 700 Calls in 4 Days to Chandigarh’s Dengue Helpline
Chandigarh, India, Sept 23, 2015 -- The 24×7 dengue helpline that was started by the UT Health Department last week is receiving more than 200 calls every day. The helpline was started after a spurt in dengue cases this year. "I have received more than 700 calls in the past four days," said Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, UT anti-malaria officer.
Aggarwal, who is in charge of the helpline, said, "The calls start coming in from around 6 am and continue till 11.30 pm," he said. "The most interesting part is that other than the UT residents, people from Haryana and Punjab are also calling on the number and seeking information related to dengue."Aggarwal said the queries mostly pertained to the precautions and medicines required for the disease. People also complain about their neighbours for not keeping their surroundings clean.
"We have received calls as well as text messages from UT residents complaining that their neighbours partake in activities that could lead to breeding of mosquitoes," said Aggarwal.
He added that the department also provided the contact details of nearby hospitals to the callers. "Often callers say that although they have sufficient blood platelet counts and the dengue test has come out to be negative, they want precautions,"said Aggarwal.
"The city residents have an apprehension that this disease might spread faster in the coming days, so they are taking precautions," he added,
The health department has recorded 140 positive cases of dengue in the city so far.
The department has already cancelled the leaves of the officials of Directorate of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) and Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) in wake of dengue threat.
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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