84% dengue cases in Assam reported from Kamrup (M)

Of the 602 cases of dengue reported in Assam this year, 511 of them were from Kamrup (Metro) alone.

The situation has raised question mark on the ability of the health department and the civic bodies which failed to anticipate the outbreak of dengue in the capital city.

The disturbing trend has now forced the health department, along with the civic bodies, to take a slew of intensified measures aimed at source reduction which include door-to-door awareness campaign and regular fogging and spraying exercise, especially in areas believed to be more vulnerable.

While the ideas are being mooted on paper, on Tuesday itself, 10 cases of dengue were reported from across Assam; a report in the Assam Tribune quoted a senior health department official. The Assam Tribune story added that no cases of death were reported on Tuesday.

The official said that even as the total number of detection has been 602, not everyone was admitted in hospitals. “Some were allowed to go after required diagnosis. The cases were followed up,” he pointed out.

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