City Stares at Dengue Sting, GHMC on High Alert
Hyderabad: The city might be staring at a ‘dengue epidemic’ this year and government authorities are preparing for the same. An internal order has been issued by the state health authorities asking all district authorities to keep a list of transfusion centres ready, in view of the large number of cases that are expected. Dengue cases saw a rapid rise in 2018 as compared to 2017. Going by official statistics, a total of 6,362 cases were recorded across the state in 2018 as against 3,827 recorded in 2017. Of these, the largest chunk of cases was recorded in Hyderabad and neighbouring Rangareddy, Sangareddy and Medak, which partially fall in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) limits. Along with dengue, even chikungunya cases jumped to 1,063 in 2018 from just 58 in 2017. The large number of cases in the city suggest a high number of breeding sites for mosquitoes. While GHMC authorities are currently carrying out a detailed survey of the sites and preparing an action plan, the sites identified as breeding grounds for mosquitoes are construction sites, old and dilapidated buildings-especially state-run hostels, nurseries, open scrap godowns, lakes and ponds, say officials.
Both dengue and chikungunya are spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito which can easily breed not just in the open but even inside houses and buildings. Mosquitoes that spread dengue (Aedes aegypti) breed in fresh water, which makes them far more dangerous than those that spread malaria. “Since the dengue spreading mosquito (Aedes aegypti) breeds in and around houses by laying eggs on the inside of utensils, an egg laid last year can also spread the virus this year. Therefore, Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) in select places is being taken up this year, as many buildings like schools and municipal buildings are found to be breeding spots. This is especially true for districts with a high incidence of dengue,” said a senior official from the state health department. Minor engineering works (repair of pits and potholes) are also being planned. “We will begin fumigation in schools and hostels from first week of July. Also, hatcheries are being prepared for gambusia fish which will be released in ponds and wells,” said V Venkatesh, chief entomologist, GHMC.
Auto Driver Robs Six Women of Gold Worth Rs.27.5L, held
IN THE NET: Police tracked Sundar with the help of CCTV camera footage.
Chennai: Police on Thursday arrested an autorickshaw driver who conned more than six elderly women of 30 sovereigns of gold jewellery worth nearly Rs.7.5 lakhs. Police said A Sundar, 30, of Perumbakkam, was arrested based on the complaint of E Anjalakshi, 64, of Sholinganallur. According to the woman, Sundar approached her on April 26 when she was on the road near her house. He told her a resident in the neighbourhood was performing ‘sumangali puja’ and said that if she attended it, she would get Rs. 1,000 from the house owner. Believing him, Anjalakshi boarded the autorickshaw. When she reached the house where a programme was being organised, Sundar told her to remove the jewellery as the residents might refuse to give her the money believing that she was wealthy. Anjalakshi handed over 2.5 sovereign of jewellery to Sundar. He then told her to enter the house and said he would come after parking the vehicle. But soon the woman realised that there was no puja and she rushed outside only to find the driver had fled. Following her complaint, police collected CCTV camera footage from various locations and zeroed in on the suspect. Police said Sundar cheated six women in Sholinganallur, Semmancherry, Thoraipakkam, Adyar and Thiruvanmiyur using the same modus operandi.