Jammu registers first case of ‘Chikungunya’, health officials not in a mood to confirm

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Pardeep Singh Bali

While as the Jammu city has witnessed its first Chikungunya case, the officials of the health department are not in a mood to confirm the reports.
According to sources within the health department, a 60 year old has been tested positive of the viral infection. “This is for the first time in the history of Jammu and Kashmir that a Chikungunya case has been reported. It shows that the mosquito control programme of the health department has not been executed properly,” said senior doctor, wishing anonymity.
Without naming the patient, the doctor said that a resident of Talab Tillo has been tested positive and at present he is at home.
“A patient from Talab Tillo had some basic symptoms of Malaria, so he visited the private clinic, wherein his blood samples were sent to New Delhi,” said doctor, adding the report received was positive.
He also said that the health department will not admit this thing, as it will expose their level of working.
“The health department to evade panic and criticism will try to hush it up. As this is the first case in Jammu and Kashmir, the health department would be in tizzy to come over it,” said doctor. Senior doctor accused the health department and Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) of their failure in carrying fumigation programme.
“This viral disease has never been reported earlier in Jammu and Kashmir. The foray of this virus in Jammu and Kashmir shows that the people at helm of affairs are not taking preventive measures,” said doctor, “This disease is concerned with Mosquito, which are also responsible for deadly diseases like Malaria and Dengue, so fumigation was necessary.” Suggesting the authorities of health department to carry on preventive measures, senior doctor said that looking into the state of affairs, the process of fumigation must be started in the peripheries to avoid its spread.
Talking to Newspoint, Director Health-Dr. Baljeet Singh Pathania said that they have also received a report in this regard. “I just received a report that a person has been reported Chikungunya positive, but it is yet to conform. We have sent a team of experts to establish the reports,” said Dr Pathania. When asked about the arrangements to fight this viral, Dr Pathania said that the hospitals are well equipped to treat patients.

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