Fogging up Patna to prevent Dengue

PATNA: Dengue fever is spreading throughout Bihar, causing some panic in the State Capital. Though dengue hasn’t reached epidemic proportions, health providers know that the time has come to be pro-active.

Hence,  Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) has purchased seven portable fogging machines and placed the order for 57 more for the state capital.

“Till now there has not been a single case of dengue reported in Patna. All the cases are from other districts who are coming here for treatment. But before the decease takes city in its grip, the civic body has decided use fogging machines as much as possible,” said executive officer New Capital circle Shashank Shekhar Sinha.

Earlier, the corporation had only two big and two portable fogging machines for Patna City, New Capital circles, Kankarbagh and Bankipore circles. “Meeting up the requirement of whole city, which has been divided into 72 wards under four circles, was a big challenge. Now, we have seven machines and remaining 57 will be delivered within two months,” said an official.

The newly bought seven portable machines is with New Capital circle, making PMC equipped with nine small and two big fogging machines. All these machines operated with diesel and malathion.

“Fogging is necessary at least once in a week in every ward,” said a PMC official. The corporation has also increased its efforts to clear waterlogging and check breeding of mosquitoes in the city. All the four circle officers claim the regular sprinkling of bleaching powder at the garbage-lifting points of each wards.

“Since dengue mosquitoes do not breed in stagnant water. Alike last year, this year too we are planning on carrying out awareness drive to make people aware of the fact that dengue mosquito breed in fresh water and what precautions are needed to prevent dengue,” said Sinha

However, locals here do not seems to buy any of the claims made by PMC for fogging or sprinkling bleaching powder at the garbage-lifting points. Qaseem of Kankarbagh area said, “Fogging machine never reached the localities resulting in the rise in number of mosquitoes, insects and cases of related diseases.”

Residents from Bazaar Samiti, Tarkeshwar Path, Chandmari Road, Mithapur bus stand road, Mahendru, Rajiv Nagar, Rukunpura, Sheikhpura, Vishnupuri, Kacchi Talab, Chiraiyantand High School road, Chitragupt Path, Khagaul, Ramnaa Nagar and other areas are the worst victims as they are not getting any fogging by the PMC.

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