BHUBANESWAR: A total of 20 persons tested positive for dengue cases in the city in past one month. Out of the total cases, 16 cases have been reported within a week, official sources said.
Five people are undergoing treatment at the Capital Hospital here. Three patients were referred to the SCB medical college and hospital at Cuttack.
RK Jena, additional district medical officer (public health) Bhubaneswar, said most of the patients are contracted dengue in other places outside the city. Some of them have travel history before they diagnosed for the disease, he added.”The situation is not alarming. No death case is reported from the city. But we have kept close watch on this issue. A meeting will be held at the office of Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on July 24 for preparedness of dengue,” said Jena.

The slum areas are the most vulnerable places because of its environment. Last year more than 100 dengue case had been reported from Salia Sahi, the largest slum of the state. People don’t keep clean of their surroundings and let the unused tyres, tin cans and coconut shells scattered near their houses where water gets deposited.

Besides, dengue cases are coming from Jaydev Vihar, Salia Sahi, Aiginia, Acharya Vihar, Nayapalli and Sikharchandi. The city has experienced heavy rainfall during last four days. It created waterlogging at different places of the city. Stagnation of water also helps in breeding aides mosquitoes.

To tackle the situation, the Capital Hospital has opened a special dengue ward with 10 beds. “If number of patient increases, the hospital will use its 20 reserved beds,” hospital superintendent Dr Manoranjan Dash said.

The state has witnessed 175 dengue cases this season. As many as 30 cases reported from Bhadrak district, 26 from Balasore, 22 from Cuttack, 19 from Puri and 14 from Jajpur. The other stray cases are reported from other places of the states, said National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) joint director Dr Madan Mohan Pradhan.

“Out of the total 175 cases, around 85 per cent people contracted the mosquito-borne disease,” he added.

City mayor AN Jena said the BMC has taken precautions to control dengue. “We are cutting bushes and put Gambusia fishes in stagnant water to stop breeding of mosquitoes. We will make the slum people aware about the cause and prevention of the disease. We will also start fogging to control the mosquitoes,” he added.

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