The spurt in dengue cases in the city and the state belies the government’s claim of doing all to prevent the spread of the disease.
A number of areas in the city have reported confirmed cases of the vector-borne diseases. While the residents believe that the government, along with Patna Municipal Corporation, is responsible for the spread of the disease, the authorities concerned are busy passing the buck or making promises. (See graphic)
The careless attitude of the authorities has been supplemented with incle- ment weather.
Doctors also claim that the high humidity in the air has also augmented the spread of the disease.
Diwakar Tejaswi, a physician, said: “At present, the humidity in the air is very high. It provides the perfect atmosphere for the breeding of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.”
The maximum temperature on Tuesday was 36.1°C (four degrees higher than normal) and the average humidity was 84 per cent.
Tejaswi said: “Also, there are many localities where one would find stagnant water along roads. This also provides breeding conditions for mosquitoes that spread the dengue virus.”
He added that the carelessness of people was responsible for the outbreak of the disease. “People should not allow water to accumulate in air coolers or pots. They should remove it immediately. People who don’t do this invite dengue,” said the doctor.
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APATHY AGGRAVATES DENGUE PAIN
“The government and its various bodies have failed completely to check the outbreak of the disease.
Instead of making tall claims, the officials concerned should check the ground reality. Take for
example Darbhanga House (where postgraduate
classes of Patna University are held). The roads around it are the perfect place for the breeding of mosquitoes. The drain water flows on to the road, the ditches are full of water and there is dirt all around. What has the government
done to check the outbreak of mosquitoes?”
Professor, economics, Patna University
Residence: Patna University
“It is a joke: people are dying of mosquito bites in a state with a GDP of 14 per cent. At present, the chief minister is in charge of both the health and the urban development departments. The last time fogging was done in my area was 2006. I’m sure residents of other areas have the same experience. But there
are advertisements in newspapers everyday
claiming that regular fogging is being done.
Are we fools? What kind of a joke is this?”
Residence: Boring Road
“Patna Municipal Corporation should be held responsible for the outbreak of dengue. The civic
officials should have taken preventive measures — like sprinkling bleaching power and fogging — before the arrival of monsoon. But they are doing it now, after many places in Patna have reported the disease. As
a taxpayer, I feel cheated”
Head, political science department,
Magadh Mahila College
Residence: Patliputra Colony
“The PMC and the health department both have failed. The place where I live (Kankerbagh) has reported the highest number of dengue cases this year. But
I have never seen any fogging being carried out. I also learnt from several blood banks that they are requesting people to donate blood to make platelets. Why did the government not arrange for blood in advance when dengue has
become a recurrent problem?”
38 dengue cases were reported from Patna hospitals on Tuesday. Of these 25 were confirmed. Till now, 465 suspected dengue cases have been reported from various districts, of which 305 have been confirmed. Patna has reported 56 confirmed cases
Source: District civil
As the government
and the civic body get their acts together, the residents can take these steps to prevent dengue:
Wear a strong repellent or long-sleeved clothes
Use mosquito coils or other repellents during the day when the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are active
Put up screens on
windows to prevent mosquitoes from
entering your home
Allow clean water to accumulate anywhere.
It is the prefect breeding place for mosquitoes
Litter. Keep your
home and surroundings clean to keep
“The civic body sanctioned the proposal to procure 84 fogging machines in March. But the PMC commissioner is supposed to take the initiative. The allocation for buying the machines was included in the 2013-14 budget. It is because of the delay in procuring the fogging machines that the standing committee did not take up any fresh proposal in its last meeting”
“The dengue is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. The urban local bodies and the government have to work together to prevent the spread of the disease. We know that, so we are doing our best. But the residents should also co-operate with us and be aware of what they can do”