Dengue tightens grip, LMC in slumber

LUCKNOW: Even as the spurt in dengue cases continued on Thursday, civic agencies are yet to carry out anti-mosquito fogging in several areas where people have been diagnosed with the disease.
As per rules, it is mandatory to carry out anti-mosquito measures immediately in areas from where cases surface.
TOI spoke to several patients who are recuperating at home. Many of them said that while the health department conducted anti-larvae spray within 24 hours of them testing positive for dengue, LMC has not conducted any fogging.
Further, in some cases anti-larvae spray has not been done. Take the example of Dubbaga resident Anuj Mishra, 7, who was taken to Balrampur Hospital with high fever on September 19, a day after he was diagnosed with dengue. Even after four days, neither the health department nor LMC has taken cognizance.
“Nobody visited our locality for anti-larvae spray or fogging. Mosquito population is flourishing here and people are living in fear,” said Anuj’s mother Reena.
Tahseenganj resident Shivansh Kumar, 15, was diagnosed with dengue on September 11. While anti-larvae spray has been done, they have been waiting for fogging for over 12 days now.
“Many people in our locality are experiencing fever, but fogging has not been done at all this year,” said Shivansh’s father Devesh.
“When we asked about fogging, the operator who did anti-larvae said it is LMC’s responsibility,” he added.
Similarly, another dengue patient, Bhupendra Kumar from Para, said, “Anti-larva sprinkling was done on Thursday, three days after I was diagnosed with the disease. I got a call from LMC about fogging, but no one has come so far.”
In charge of vector-borne diseases unit Dr KP Tripathi said, “We sent our team for anti-larvae sprinkling. For fogging, details of areas have been sent to LMC. We will request it to perform fogging at the earliest so that mosquito menace can be curbed.”
Municipal health officer Dr SK Rawat said, “The list of dengue patients is given to a zonal officer for fogging. On the same day, it receives a request from the health department. However, if there is any delay in activity anywhere, we will ask the zonal officer to conduct fogging immediately and submit a report.”

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