18 Chikungunya cases in 2 Chandigarh hospitals, health dept says nine

Tanbir Dhaliwal, Chandigarh: Like dengue, chikungunya cases have also increased in frequency in the city.

From six cases on September 20, the number has rise three-fold to 18.
Of these, 13 have been admitted at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) and five have been reported at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.
However, as in the case of dengue, there is considerable difference in the numbers that is getting treatment and the numbers that the UT health department has cared to admit.
The health department claims that there are only nine confirmed chikungunya cases in the city.
“Three fresh cases of chikungunya has been reported by GMCH 32.On field investigations it was observed that two are imported (from Delhi and Rajasthan) and third gave a wrong address so which brings to total number of chikungunya cases to nine.”
20 new dengue cases, count touches 204
“On Thursday, total 20 new cases were reported from various health institutions which includes 12 new cases and 8 confirmed amongst probable cases,” reads a press statement.
Three deaths due to dengue have been reported over the past two days from health institutions — two from
Punjab (one Derabassi, one Manoulisurat village both in SAS Nagar district) and one from Ladwa village in Kurukshetra, Haryana.
“If we look at the data, then of 204 people who got infected with dengue, almost 60% would be in 21-30 age group. Because of their choice of clothes (half-pants, sleeveless shirts) they get exposed to mosquito bites,” said Dr Gaurav Aggarwal, anti-malaria officer.
Dr Ram Singh, internal medicine, GMCH-32, said, “Though dengue is impacting people of all age groups, but we are seeing more number of young patients at the out-patient department.”