Dengue Outbreaks In Salt Lake, 12 Fresh Cases


Kolkata: The dengue sting has reached the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation area that recorded twelve fresh cases this year.

The Bidhhannagar civic authorities have started working on its plan to prevent a dengue outbreak, after 12 persons had been tested NS 1 positive between January and March 15.

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Areas around the Kestopur canal and Baguiati have been listed in Red zone as the most dengueaffected regions. “All private hospitals in the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation area have been asked to upload dengue data on our website,” Mayor Sabyasachi Dutta said.

The mayor further added that they have appealed to the central government agencies to keep their office premises and residential complexes in Bidhannagar clean. The authorities also plan to show an advertisement in cinema theatres in Salt Lake as part of an awareness campaign.

Councillors have been asked to actively participate in larvicide spraying and fogging activities, cleaning up the blocked drains and waterbodies, preventing garbage pile-up and door-to-door surveys.

The civic body has increased its budget allotment by Rs 32 lakhs since last year for implementing its mosquito-control programme. The allotment in 2017 for this sector was Rs 1,94,95,800. This year it has been increased to Rs 2,27,43,000.

A total of 2,850 persons had been tested NS 1 positive in the city last year. In 2016, the NS 1 positive figure was 1,407 and in 2015 it was 840.The worst affected places were Kestopur, Prafullakanan, Baguiati, Raghunathpur and surrounding areas. Though only one dengue death was reported in Salt Lake, hundreds were affected.