The Fact News Service
Mohali, November 22
The survey, spray and awareness campaign by the teams of District Health Department for the prevention of Dengue fever has been going on continuously since the month of March across the district.
Disclosing this here today, Civil Surgeon Dr. Adarshpal Kaur and district Epidemiologist Dr Shalinder Kaur said that the health workers have surveyed as many as 4,24, 823 houses and other places in the district since March. Mosquito larvae have been found in as many as 13081 houses and 2165 challans have been issued to the violators.
According to the civil surgeon, teams of health workers inspected a total of 1,36, 2014 containers such as coolers, fridge trays, pots, empty tires, boxes and other containers during this period and larvae were found in 1,68,21 containers.
A total of 1619 dengue fever cases have surfaced so far and there are 274 active cases as of today. She said that the health department is paying special attention to the high risk areas. Apart from going to schools, the teams are also raising awareness through village Sarpanches.
Dr Adarshhpal Kaur added that the larvae of the mosquito that spreads dengue fever can turn into a dangerous mosquito in a few days which can even kill a person. Generally people think that due to cold weather these days, dengue mosquitoes do not spread whereas even these days there is a danger of breeding of dengue spreading mosquitoes.
She asked people to be fully alert and vigilant against dengue and not to leave clean or dirty water anywhere in and around their homes.
The Civil Surgeon said that there is no definite season for dengue fever but usually it is more prevalent from July to November, so caution is very much needed even during the month of November.
Dengue testing and treatment is available free of cost in government hospitals across the district. For health related information, the health department helpline no. 104 may be contacted any time.