Dengue cases continue to rise in Ludhiana, with 11 new cases confirmed in the district on Friday. Among the new cases, eight individuals reside in city areas such as Kali Sadak, Haibowal Kalan, Model Town, Dashmesh Nagar, and others. In rural areas, three cases have been reported in Khera, Lasara, and Mohalla Molvian. So far, a total of 252 positive dengue cases have been reported in the district this season, with 30 active cases still being monitored.
To tackle the dengue outbreak, the Payal Civil Hospital in Doraha has initiated awareness campaigns and inspections. The health department’s instructions mandate organizing drives to raise awareness and control dengue every Friday. A team from the health department, including Block Extension Educators Dr. Swati Sachdeva and Health Inspectors Daljinder Singh and Sukhminder Singh, conducted inspections at various places in Doraha, including hospitals, police stations, laboratories, educational institutions, and households, to identify potential breeding sites for dengue larvae. The team distributed pamphlets to educate residents about necessary precautions to prevent dengue, emphasizing common breeding grounds for mosquitoes such as rooftops, pots, coolers, and broken containers.
Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral infection that causes flu-like symptoms, including high fever, severe joint and muscle pain, headache, nausea, and rash. It is essential to take precautions to minimize the risk of dengue. Regularly cleaning and emptying containers that hold water, using mosquito repellents, wearing protective clothing, and keeping doors and windows screened can help prevent the breeding and spread of dengue-carrying mosquitoes.
The authorities, along with public participation, need to intensify efforts to curb the dengue outbreak. Conducting regular awareness campaigns and inspections, as done in Doraha, can help identify and eliminate potential breeding grounds, ultimately reducing the number of dengue cases in the district. It is crucial for individuals to stay vigilant and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their communities from this preventable disease.