Tribune News Service
Mandi, August 20th
Dengue claimed the life of a person in the Mandi district, causing panic among the people as business progressed.
It was the first dengue death. The patient had been undergoing treatment in the Zonal Hospital, Mandi. On Sunday he was referred to BGA, Chandigarh. But the 43-year-old patient from Dehar village died at Swarghat in Bilaspur on his way to Chandigarh.
It has sounded alarm bells for the heath districts. The most affected part of the district was the Dehar village in Sundernagar, where more than 10 cases were found positive.
As many as 25 cases of dengue fever have been reported from the district.
Sundernagar MLA Rakesh Jamwal, who is concerned about the safety of people, called Monday a meeting of the health authorities and officials of other departments and public representatives in Dehar village and asked them to take effective steps to control the virus.
Thirteen teams consisting of health professionals, Asha staff, officials from the IPH department and representatives from grampanchayat were set up to follow the dengue outbreak.
Chief Medical Officer Jeeva Nand Chauhan said there was no reason to panic and urged the population to guarantee cleanliness.
"The main reason for the dengue outbreak was stored water near villages, which provides a pleasant environment for breeding mosquitoes," he added.
"A person suffering from dengue should visit the government hospital without any delay, where the test should be conducted for free, and the health authorities provide a free treatment," he said.
He said that the patient who died of dengue had multiple illnesses. Dengue could be cured and you did not have to worry.
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