Indore: The tall claims of district health department for launching anti-mosquito and anti-larva drive in the city fell flat on Monday when two more patients tested dengue positive. With this, the number of positive patients tested so far reached 33.

Integrated Diseases Surveillance Programme nodal officer Dr Asha Pandit said two new patients who tested positive include 22-year old Rukmani Nagar and a man from Nanda Nagar whose age couldn’t be known. Both patients are undergoing treatment in different hospitals and their condition is stable and recovering.

The department had started anti-larva drive which couldn’t run more than a day due to unavailability of municipal staff. The health department officials started drive in Transport Nagar four days ago after which it was stopped. However, district health department officials heaved a sigh of relief as no new patient tested positive for H1N1 and chikungunya.

Advisory issued

The health department issued an advisory for preventing dengue, informed people about aedes mosquitoes and gave prevention tips. Chief medical and health officer Dr HN Nayak said that it is not only department or administration’s responsibility but people should also take preventive steps. “We found dengue larvae in many houses during the survey. People should keep pots of water covered,” he said.

Tips to prevent dengue 

  • Turn over empty buckets, pots so that they do not collect excess water.
  • If the container that contains water cannot be emptied, remember to cover it well when not in use.
  • Remember to clean out empty flower pots and not to over water potted plants. Drain out stagnant water as it acts as breeding ground for mosquitoes.
  •  Apply mosquito repellents on all exposed areas during day and night.
  •  If someone at home has dengue, ensure that mosquitoes don’t bite him/her or others in the house.
  •  If using a cooler, remember to empty out and clean the water tray regularly even when not in use.

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