Malaria cases on the rise, fogging behind schedule

While 35 cases of malaria have been reported in the city this year, the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation's fogging process in high risk areas is behind schedule. This, despite the district health department submitting a list of the high risk areas to the MC by mid-May. Inspection teams had also found mosquito larvae in coolers of more than 20 homes in Prem Nagar a few days back.

"We told the Municipal Corporation to start fogging in high risk areas in May itself so that the entire city would have been covered by July. Fogging in high risk areas should be done twice a week at least," said Dr Anil Verma, the district epidemiologist.

On the ground, however, only some of the high risk areas have been fumigated once or twice since May while others have not even been covered once. Other than high risk areas, other up-market areas like Kitchlu Nagar, Shaheed Karnail Singh, BRS Nagar, Aggar Nagar, Rajguru Nagar and others have not been fumigated even once.

The list of the high risk areas submitted by district health office to MC include areas with excessive waterlogging like Dhandari, Daba, Sherpur, Transport Nagar, Tyre market, Jodhewal basti, Gyaspura, Tajpur road and others.

On a recent visit to the Tyre market, Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria found water had accumulated in tyres and had hence ordered that the area be cleaned and fumigated. No action has been taken yet. When contacted, Dr Vipal Malhotra, medical officer health, MC, said: "We are following the schedule and till now high risk areas has been fogged two times and more. Fogging is also on in whole city."

Please read our terms of use before posting comments
TERMS OF USE: The views expressed in comments published on indianexpress.com are those of the comment writer's alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of The Indian Express Group or its staff. Comments are automatically posted live; however, indianexpress.com reserves the right to take it down at any time. We also reserve the right not to publish comments that are abusive, obscene, inflammatory, derogatory or defamatory.