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HT Correspondent, SAS Nagar: With two more deaths and 14 new confirmed cases of dengue reported on
Thursday, the administration in SAS Nagar came under severe scrutiny for its failure to prepare for or control the viral outbreak. The total number of patients from the district undergoing treatment now is 884, which is already a 63% rise from last year’s 544.
“We have received information of suspected dengue death of a patient, Kamalpreet (61) of Kharar, from Fortis Hospital but we are still to get the reports,” said Ranjit Guru, the civil surgeon. Another 18-month-old patient, identified as Naina from SAS Nagar, died of dengue at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh, late on Wednesday night. Now, as per the health authorities, seven deaths have been confirmed to having been caused by dengue, while confirmation of two was awaited. As for chikungunya, there are three confirmed cases so far.The anti-mosquito fogging started in May, but for a month before that the fogging did not have the required medicine that is spread along with the smoke. The anti-dengue fogging took place only after mid-August. The delay on the part of the municipal corporation was because of objection by some councillors over allegedly high price.
It was in April that the MC had purchased a small quantity of the medicine from a local supplier, at which councillors took the issue to the finance and contract committee (F&CC) meeting the same month. It was then decided to purchase the medicine in accordance with a notification by the Punjab government, which had identified a supplier for the entire state.
“The medicine was being purchased at higher rates thus we had objected, which resulted in delay in purchase,” said Kuljit Singh Bedi, Congress councillor.Coordination missing
Fogging was intensified from Wednesday after intervention of deputy commissioner DS Mangat, who directed the MC to provide a roster for carrying out fogging, besides a weekly report.