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Vector-borne diseases rear head amid health staff crunch in Gurugram

IANS  |  Gurugram 

Over four dozen suspected cases of vector-borne have been reported in Gurugram this year, including a confirmed case of dengue, even as informed sources on Wednesday claimed a severe staff crunch.

records say 17 cases of suspected have been reported this season till now, including one confirmed case. Four suspected cases of were also reported, though no case of chikugunyna has come to the fore.

However, doctors at private hospitals here claimed that the number of such cases was much more than the official figures since the maximum number of patients approached private hospitals in the city, which are not officially allowed to confirm cases of malaria, or chikungunya.

While the Department officials claim that they are fully prepared to tackle such that break out during or after the rainy season from July to September, sources in the Government told IANS that there was an acute staff shortage.

"The District Officer's post has been lying vacant for nearly two months after Dr was shifted out to another centre in the city. The centre has been facing acute staff shortage," the source said.

"We have just 22 staff... we sent a demand for 250 staff to authorities but it was not met," said a hospital staffer.

As many as 621 suspected cases were reported last year in Gurugram, with 66 confirmed ones. Similarly, 10 suspected cases of chikugunyna (3 confirmed) and 48 suspected cases of were reported.

"We have identified 65 ponds/water bodies in the city that could help spread vector- borne We are putting Gambusia fish in these ponds, besides fogging different areas," an official quoting the said.

Gambusia or mosquitofish is a species of freshwater fish that eats the larvae of mosquitoes.

Chief Medical Officer-cum-Gulshan Arora did not responded to phone calls despite efforts.



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First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 21:06 IST