Dengue adds bite to sting
Dengue has dug its teeth in the heart of the capital with 67 positive cases reported since mid-October. However, with 152 positive cases,Bhagalpur ‘ the hometown of health minister Ashwini Kumar Choubey ‘ is the worst sufferer till date.
Choubey declared the data on Tuesday at a news meet which was held after a high-level meeting convened jointly by the health, urban development and public health and engineering departments.
According to the report, three people ‘ one in Gaya and two in Siwan ‘ have died because of dengue. Of the 420 suspected cases, 249 have been confirmed positive so far, stated the report.
“Bhagalpur and Patna top the list of places where dengue cases have been reported. We are taking necessary measures to control the spread of the disease in the two cities,” Choubey said.
The minister, however, asserted that there was nothing to worry about as the situation was under control. According to him, the health department is working hard for prevention and cure of the disease.
“Fogging machines have been made available to all government medical colleges and hospitals. The machines are being used across the state, especially in places from where dengue cases have been reported. Moreover, dengue prevention kits have also been given to the government hospitals. The control room is working round-the-clock, where officials are providing details regarding measures against dengue. Medicines, too, have been provided in adequate quantities to the hospitals. All measures have been taken to ensure that the situation doesn’t spiral out of control,” the minister said.
According to Choubey, seven districts ‘ Patna, Bhagalpur, Vaishali, Samastipur, Siwan, Munger and Gaya ‘ have reported the most number of dengue cases.
However, according to a report of the health department, a copy of which is with The Telegraph, Choubey’s claims about the government’s active role in controlling the disease could fall flat.
According to the report, fogging machines are not working in Siwan, which has reported two deaths so far. In Vaishali, where six cases of dengue have come to the fore, fogging machines have not been made available. Nawada has also reported two cases of dengue but this district, too, lacks fogging machines.
The report states that there are a few other places where fogging machines have not been provided. Sheikhpura, Rohtas, Jehanabad, Darbhanga are some of the places where the machines have not been provided.