The sting scare has prompted the district malaria office to issue instructions to Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) on Wednesday, asking it to start fogging exercise in its areas at the earliest.
Speaking to The Telegraph, district malaria officer Jang Bahadur said a meeting was held under the leadership of civil surgeon D.K. Singh on Tuesday, where it was decided to that civic measures would be beefed up to tackle the spread of the disease in Ranchi and its outskirts.
“RMC will take appropriate action to control dengue as well as malaria in city areas, whereas the district malaria office and filaria control wing will take up fumigation in rural areas,” Bahadur added.
The district malaria office already got cracking on Wednesday. “Teams were sent to spray DDT and fumigate Chakmatoli in Heslabera of Angara. In the city, areas around radio station on Ratu Road and near Mausibari in Dhurwa were fumigated. After this, it will be RMC’s responsibility to ensure regular fumigation and spraying of larvicides in urban centres,” Bahadur said.
RMC deputy administrator Shailendra Lal confirmed having received the order. “We will start fogging soon. It will continue till Navaratri. Priority will be given to suburban areas and places from where dengue cases have been reported,” he said.
According to the latest official figures, the state has so far recorded 18 confirmed dengue cases. Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi has been witnessing a rush of patients from various districts since August 2 with the maximum number coming from Ranchi (see chart).
RIMS director Tulsi Mahto said 13 patients had been admitted to the dengue ward since August 2. “Eleven of them recovered and were discharged. At present, only two dengue patients are undergoing treatment,” he said.
However, the health department is not ready to release a statewide alert yet.
State malaria officer Pradeep Baskey ruled it out, saying that the situation would have been worrying if all districts had reported dengue cases in bulk. “We have information about 18 cases. There is no need to panic,” he said.