Number of positive dengue cases has swelled to 32 and malaria to 347
Cases of dengue and malaria are showing an upswing in the capital. The number of positive dengue cases has swelled to 32 and malaria to 347, confirmed Health officials.
The prevalence rate of dengue and malaria this year is far more intense compared to last year when it was 14 dengue cases and just 187 cases of malaria.
Tense CoP officials
With CoP-11 biodiversity meet just a few days away, the steady rise in cases of dengue and malaria has made officials anxious. The Health authorities have once again appealed private hospitals to declare dengue positive cases after conducting mandatory IGM ELISA test at the Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM).
The areas from where dengue cases were reported include Sanathnagar, Secunderabad, Malkajgiri, Amberpet, Malakpet, Attapur, Begum Bazar, Hafeezbaba Nagar and ECIL.
MBT corporator Amjadullah Khan has been regularly raising the issue of high incidence of dengue in his Azampura division and other parts of the old city.
Malaria cases were reported from the areas of Santoshnagar, Uppuguda, Ghansi Bazar, Bada Bazar, A.C Guards, Golnaka and so on.
“In one week, about 25 patients were admitted in Yashoda Hospital at Malakpet, Hope Hospital at Adarsh Nagar, Aditya, Star, Darushifa in old city with dengue symptoms,” said, Singireddy Srinivas Reddy, a TDP corporator.
“Despite the rise in dengue cases, government appears to be unmoved. The government should bear the entire treatment cost of patients,” he said.
The Cantonment too is not oblivious to the happenings. Three dengue cases have been reported from Anna Nagar, Lothukunta and Bowenpally, while 10 viral fever cases surfaced at Balamrai and Military Quarters area, a Secunderabad Cantonment Board member said.
However, SCB authorities maintained that no dengue cases were detected.
“There could be sporadic cases but we are taking several measures like regular fogging and spraying anti-larval chemicals in water bodies and water stagnation points,” said CEO S. Balakrishna.