Herald: Vasco records sharp rise in dengue cases
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Vasco records sharp rise in dengue cases

03 Dec 2017 06:07am IST

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03 Dec 2017 06:07am IST

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Out of 65 suspected dengue cases received at Cottage Hospital in November, 14 are from Khariwado locality

VASCO: There is a steep rise in the number of people contracting vector-borne diseases in Vasco, with 65 persons suspected to be suffering from dengue in the month of November alone. 

What is more shocking is that out of the 65 suspected dengue cases received at Cottage Hospital at Chicalim last month, 14 cases were from Khariwado locality.

According to former MMC Chairperson Fiola Rego who is also a resident of Khariwado locality, this is for the first time in the last 15 days so many dengue cases have been reported in Khariwado area. 

“This would be for the first time we have seen such sharp rise in dengue cases in Khariwado. There are various reasons behind the spread of dengue fever in our area. But the main reason is water logging of gutters. Another reason is the presence of huge amount of garbage and plastic at Khariwado beach and accumulation of fresh water on plastics or used coconut shells has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes, He said. 

“I therefore request the ward councilor, MMC and other departments concerned to take note of the situation and act accordingly as lives of Khariwado residents are at risk,” he added.     

Councillor Lavina D’Souza who represents Khariwado ward also acknowledged the fact that there is steep rise in dengue cases in her ward. 

“Yes all over Khariwado there are lots of dengue cases. However, I am helpless. I do lot of things like taking up fogging and spraying with the help of MMC and health officials but since 60 percent of my ward consists of slum area and since they are not obeying to the directions to keep their surrounding clean, we find it difficult to handle the situation. Also the garbage menace at the Khariwado beach adds to our worry,” she said.

Meanwhile, giving information about the dengue cases reported to them in November, the officials at Cottage Hospital informed that out of 65 suspected dengue cases only five cases were confirmed of having suffering from dengue. 

It was also informed that since Khariwado area had 14 suspected dengue cases, one staff from the cottage hospital has been deputed in the area to sensitizing people at Khariwado along with the staff of urban health centre Vasco. 
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