Following the orders of the Punjab Government, Deputy Commissioner Patiala Sakshi Sahni said that the cases of dengue and chikungunya fever have increased due to the increase in mosquitoes, in view of which orders have been given to intensify the initial campaign against mosquitoes. Identifying several areas of Patiala city as hotspots, along with fogging in these areas, it has also been asked to make people aware about the diseases caused by mosquito bites.
The Deputy Commissioner has appealed to the people not to take any kind of fever for granted, but treat every fever as a suspected case and get a dengue test done. In view of dengue and chikungunya disease, Commissioner Municipal Corporation Aditya Upal, ADC. (Rural Development) Isha Singhal, Civil Surgeon Dr. All Municipal Councils and Nagar Panchayats, including Varinder Garg, have been ordered to the functional officers of the Municipal Councils and Municipal Panchayats to intensify the anti-fogging and anti-mosquito campaign along with vigilance of the medical services.
Sakshi Sahni said that the challan must be cut in the houses where dengue mosquito larvae are found, people should also be made aware about it while checking for dengue larvae to prevent dengue disease. Dengue mosquito breeding can be stopped only with the joint efforts of panchayats, local governments, health department and general public, so common people should immediately eliminate standing water in and around their houses and sources of dengue mosquito breeding.
The Deputy Commissioner said that Model Town, Partap Nagar, New Officer Colony, Bajwa Colony, Bishan Nagar, Virak Colony, Guru Nanak Nagar, DMW, Bharat Nagar and Lahori Gate areas of Patiala city are hot spots, there are medical Officers and ANMs have been ordered to conduct house-to-house checks for fever and provide immediate medical assistance to affected people. He also asked people to take all precautions against mosquitoes and to wear full-sleeved clothes, especially during the day to avoid mosquito bites.