About Careers Internship MedBlog Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Dengue Cases On Rise Due To Scarcity Of Drinking Water In Jammu and Kashmir

by Shirley Johanna on October 8, 2015 at 6:00 PM
Font : A-A+

Dengue Cases On Rise Due To Scarcity Of Drinking Water In Jammu and Kashmir

The residents of Meerath village in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir are providing a breeding ground for the dengue-causing mosquitoes as the scarcity of drinking water forces them to store it in almost every utensil they can.

People are facing a hard choice either to go thirsty or store drinking water and allow deadly mosquitoes to breed.

Advertisement

"Majority of the positive dengue cases reported from Kathua district are from Meerath village and the reason we found for this was very disturbing," a senior health official, requesting anonymity, said.

"When our men went for spraying pesticide in the village they found people storing water in every utensil they had. We found up on enquiry that there is scarcity of water in the area and people get drinking water once a fortnight so they store it in almost every utensil," the official said.
Advertisement

The health officials tested the water and found it was filled with the larvae of Aedes mosquitoes which breed in stagnant water.

Meanwhile, the village residents said they have no other alternative. "We get water once a fortnight so we are forced to store it in every container that we have at our house," Mahan Lal a resident of the village said.

Deputy Commissioner Kathua Ramesh Kumar said the administration was aware of the increase in the number of dengue cases in the village and steps were being taken to contain it.

"We are aware of the problem. We agree there is no regular water supply in the area. The village is inhabited mostly by the labour class people. They store water in open containers as they don't have big storage tanks," he said.

He said even though the water supply was not regular in the area, the residents have been advised to keep water in containers having lids.

"The administration has been doing fogging in the area. I have asked the Chief Medical Officer of the district to personally visit there and monitor the situation," he said.

He said the administration will hold medical camps for the people and would send blood samples of those exhibiting dengue-like symptoms to confirm if they were positive.

Meanwhile, health officials said the situation in the village is alarming and if measures are not taken immediately spread of the disease can be difficult to contain.

"Our men who went to the village found Aedes larvae in the storage water in almost every household, we are taking steps to control the spread of the disease but people also need to cooperate," the health official said.

So far blood samples of 351 people having dengue-like symptoms were tested for the virus out of which 52 were found positive in the entire Jammu region.

Source: PTI
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
World Heart Day in 2022- Use Heart for Every Heart
Anemia among Indian Women and Children Remains a Cause of Concern- National Family Health Survey-5
H1N1 Influenza Prevention in Children: What Parents Need to Know
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Dengue Fever Dengue / Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever Mosquito Diseases Dengue and Homeopathy Chikungunya and Homeopathy Chikungunya Dengue Diet Lifestyle and Heart Disease Alcohol Addiction and Women Water - Nutrient that Beats the Heat 

Most Popular on Medindia

Diaphragmatic Hernia Sinopril (2mg) (Lacidipine) Drug Interaction Checker Selfie Addiction Calculator Blood - Sugar Chart Post-Nasal Drip Iron Intake Calculator Vent Forte (Theophylline) Drug Side Effects Calculator The Essence of Yoga
This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
×

Dengue Cases On Rise Due To Scarcity Of Drinking Water In Jammu and Kashmir Personalised Printable Document (PDF)

Please complete this form and we'll send you a personalised information that is requested

You may use this for your own reference or forward it to your friends.

Please use the information prudently. If you are not a medical doctor please remember to consult your healthcare provider as this information is not a substitute for professional advice.

Name *

Email Address *

Country *

Areas of Interests