Rise in Number of Dengue Cases Worries Officials

Published: 12th January 2015 06:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th January 2015 06:01 AM   |  A+A-

BENGALURU: Dengue cases have risen in the city despite preventive steps taken by the Health Department and Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, health officials have said.

In 2014, 3,047 cases of dengue and 877 cases of Chikungunya were reported in the state. Of this, 781 cases of dengue and 150 cases of chikungunya were reported in Bengaluru alone. Similarly, Mangaluru recorded 122 and Ballari 445 dengue cases.

“These cities account for more than 50 per cent of the vector-borne disease. Therefore, the Health Department and city municipal corporations will coordinate and intensify the programme of education to gangmen and link workers. The officials will have to carry out information education and communication programmes effectively,” Health Minister U T Khader told Express.

“Though the incidence of dengue decreased in the state overall compared to 2013, it rose in Bengaluru and other cities which is worrying, Khader said. DHOs have been directed to prepare an action plan in advance to tackle the vector-borne disease, which tends to spread faster from March, he said.

BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana said he would instruct deputy health officers in each zone to implement the corporation and health department’s programmes and policies in all the areas.

The link workers and gangmen have already been instructed to spray chemicals to kill larvae, he said. “Larvae killing chemicals will be sprayed at all garbage collection points as these may serve as water collecting points where the larvae thrive,” BBMP medical officer Manoranjan Hegde said.

BBMP plans to use two power spraying vehicles for each Assembly constituency. This will contain the vector borne disease, he said. Similar instructions have been issued in other cities as well to keep track of vulnerable zones like slums and areas that face water supply problems in the coming days.

“Open water tanks and containers, and garbage-like coconut shells, tyres, pots etc. all have to be cleared as they are the sources of mosquito breeding. Health inspectors in city corporations have to monitor such activity,” an official said.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp