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."

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