In spite of the best efforts and the many checks that the administration claims to have put in place, more than 400 cases of dengue have been found positive in Jaipur alone. Latest reports suggest over a hundred cases of dengue were admitted to various hospitals in city over the last two weeks when the civic body had woken up to the health scare.
As of now, Jaipur tops the list of cases of the vector-borne disease in state. It is followed by Jhalawar where around 250 positive cases have been reported in this season. Baran with around 230 cases comes in a close third. If officials are to be believed over a thousand cases of dengue are presently being treated in hospitals across state while more are being admitted for treatment everyday. Four people have so far died of the disease in different parts of the state.
In Jaipur, the areas which are the worst affected by the disease and where the maximum cases are being reported are the Moti Doongri Zone, the Sanganer Zone and the Civil Lines Zone. A team of doctors has been put on task to monitor and control the spread of dengue. An awareness campaign for city residents has also been launched to educated the people on the disease.
However, the doctors fear that the recent spell of rains will add to the count of patients with the disease. “Since the mosquitoes that spread dengue breed in clear water, the rains are expected to increase the spread of the disease,” a doctor with a state hospital said. The medical and health department, however, denies that the dengue has taken the form of an epidemic in state. An official with the department admitted there has been a surge in the cases reported in state, but said it is nothing close to an epidemic. The team of doctors is monitoring the cases, he added.
“Rapid response teams to tackle the spread of dengue have been deployed in all districts including Jaipur,” the official of the health and medical department added.