Bihar is witnessing an alarming rise in dengue cases, with 6,146 cases reported in September, the highest for the month in the last five years, according to the Health Ministry data.
The state had reported 6,421 cases this year, of which 6,146 were reported as recently as September, three times the 1,896 recorded in September last year.
As many as 416 cases were reported in the state on Friday, with Patna recording the most cases at 177, followed by Munger at 33, Saran (28), Bhagalpur (27) and Begusarai (17).
According to the Union Health Ministry’s National Center for Vector Borne Disease Control, seven dengue deaths have been reported in Bihar till September 17 this year.
A total of 13,972 cases were reported last year, according to health department data.
As many as 295 people were undergoing treatment at 12 government hospitals till September 30, including 127 at Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital in Bhagalpur, 39 at VIMS in Pawapuri and 28 at Patna Medical College and Hospital.
Dr. Manoj Kumar, a renowned doctor in the state, told PTI, “There is no need to panic as dengue cases are always on the rise this season. Keeping homes and surroundings dry and clean and keeping the body covered will prevent the spread of the disease. Repellents and nets should be used and all possible breeding grounds should be identified and eliminated.” Patna District Magistrate Chandrasekhar Singh said the government is keeping a close watch on spraying and fogging on a daily basis while also conducting awareness camps on vector-borne diseases organized.
Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) Commissioner Animesh Kumar Parashar said the civic body has launched a comprehensive drive to check the rising number of dengue cases in the city.
“Chemical fogging is carried out using 140 vehicles and portable equipment. We have assembled 375 teams for fogging operations. Residential buildings that have recently reported cases of dengue are being disinfected regularly,” he said.
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