Berhampur, August 19 (LocalWire): The number of dengue cases in Ganjam district is on the rise.
With one more person testing on Saturday, the total number of dengue case in the district has touched 36 this year.
According to the district malaria officer (DMO) R Jagadeesh Patnaik, of the 36 reported cases, 13 people were infected in the district itself, while the others are migrants and might have got the infection at their place of work.
The highest number of dengue cases in the district was reported from Berhampur (9), followed by Rangeilunda block (7), Patrapur (4) and Sheragad (4).
Earlier panic gripped residents of Govindapur, a village under Sheragad block after three persons from the village were detected dengue positive during the last fortnight.
The condition of all the patients in the village was stable, sources said.
According to the DMO, a medical team has been campaigning in Govindapur village for the last four days to create awareness among the people about the anti-dengue measures following the reports of three positive cases in the village.
“Some of the anti-dengue measures include cleanness and destroying the larva and breeding grounds of mosquitoes and to observe the dry day at least twice a week,” he added.
“Our main objective is to arrest of the spread of mosquito-borne disease from Govindapur to nearby villages,” he said, adding that, “We have also asked the team to take up the sanitary work ensuring cleanliness in the village with the help of panchayat members.”
Due to the recent rains in the district and stagnation of water coupled with the unhygienic condition, there has been a spurt in cases of dengue in the district.
“As many as 155 dengue positive cases were detected in the district as against 146 cases in 2017, official sources said. In 2016, over 329 dengue cases were detected in the district.
In the last three years, no person was died due to the disease,” Patnaik said.
Unofficial sources, however, claim that the dengue cases in the district were much and the data is not captured since many patients prefer to get treatment in private hospitals, mostly in Visakhapatnam instead of the government hospitals here.
Berhampur, the major commercial hub of the southern Odisha was considered as one of the vulnerable areas in the district.
In 2018, the Silk City had recorded the highest 40 cases of dengue.
Similarly, 59 and 72 positive dengue cases were reported in Berhampur in the year 2017 and 2016 respectively, sources said.