Garbage lies unattended at Hindpiri in Ranchi on Monday. (Hardeep Singh)
Neighbouring Bihar is not facing the dengue heat alone. Jharkhand too is feeling the sting.
Government records say that this monsoon, the state has recorded as many as 18 dengue cases till now. There are also a number of diarrhoea patients.
Of the 18 dengue patients, six are from Bokaro, four from Ranchi, two each from Khunti, Seraikela-Kharsawan and Gumla and one each from Deoghar and Giridih. The latest case, in which a senior police officer was diagnosed with the disease, was reported from the state capital on Monday.
“The police officer was released from a city-based hospital today (Monday) after treatment. He is fine now. There is no need to worry,” said Ranchi civil surgeon D.K. Singh.
However, he declined to divulge the name of the officer.
On Sunday evening, there were reports that one Juhi Kumari from Kathitanr in Ranchi died of dengue at a private hospital. But doctors confirmed on Monday that the girl was suffering from typhoid, not dengue.
“There has been no dengue death so far. All four patients from the capital were treated at different hospitals and discharged,” said a doctor at Ranchi Sadar Hospital.
In Bihar’s Patna, 110 dengue cases have been reported so far with the confirmed figure touching 48, prompting residents to take to the streets a few days ago. In Delhi too, several cases have been reported with claims of five deaths. However, no fatality has been reported in Jharkhand yet if state malaria officer Pradeep Baskey is to be believed. “Till now, we have registered 18 confirmed cases. No one has died of dengue,” Baskey said.
The claims came even as Ranchi residents complained that mosquito breeding had picked up pace over the past few days. They also alleged that the civic body was not carrying out fogging.
However, public relations officer of Ranchi Municipal Corporation Naresh Sinha said: “We are ensuring regular fogging. But if residents are complaining that fogging is not taking place in some areas, we will check it.”
The health department will soon start spraying larvicides in drains and other breeding places of mosquitoes.