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Dengue larvae found at five govt depts, notices served

Dengue larvae found at five govt depts, notices served
Health officials check for dengue larvae in Patiala. Rajesh Sachar

Karam Prakash

Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 10

The district Health Department today sent show-cause notices to five government departments, including the Punjab State Transmission Corporation Limited (PSTCL) and a police station, after dengue larvae were found on their premises.

Health officials found larvae at PSTCL, Anaj Mandi Police Station, boys’ hostel of Government Medical College (GMC), Government Press, State Irrigation Department and Zila Parishad office during an anti-dengue drive on Thursday.

The officials said around 12 government offices were inspected during the ongoing drive. Epidemiologist Dr Sumeet said dengue larvae were found in desert coolers. Later, health workers destroyed the larvae by spraying larvicide.

Meanwhile, Civil Surgeon Dr Harish Malhotra said, “We have sent notices and will soon hold a meeting with all government departments under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner.”

As per the Health Department, during the ‘Friday Dryday’ awareness drive, dengue larvae have already been found at 202 places in the district.

Health Dept caught on wrong foot

Though the Health Department has been asking people to clear their desert coolers to dry out stagnant water, it failed to check its own coolers. At least three coolers were found to be unclean at the Civil Surgeon office when this Correspondent fact-checked.

Interestingly, Health Department officials were found unaware of the fact that they had to clean desert coolers to avoid dengue breeding. The Civil Surgeon said, “I had joined the office last week, but I will ask officials to properly clean all desert coolers in the department. It is the responsibility of each and every person to check his/her surrounding to avoid dengue breeding.”

Health Dept writesto police

Fearing dengue outbreak due to discarded vehicles lying at police stations in the district, the district Health Department has written to the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) to either cover the vehicles or displace them. Health experts said the discarded vehicles turned breeding ground for dengue larvae after accumulation of rainwater. 

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