Dengue cases swell in UP, kerosene dries in state, Centre to assist


Cases of dengue have recently increased in Uttar Pradesh compared to last year. The state has written to the Centre to fill the shortage of kerosene.

Lucknow,UPDATED: Nov 19, 2022 03:42 IST

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Uttar Pradesh has received nearly 14,162 cases of Dengue this year. (Representational Image)

By Abhishek Mishra: The cases of dengue and deaths due to high fever have increased in Uttar Pradesh over the last few days, with government and private hospitals in Lucknow, Meerut, Barabanki, Aligarh, Bareilly, Kanpur, and Fatehpur districts witnessing a large influx of patients.

CASES

Uttar Pradesh has received nearly 14,162 cases this year. The number of cases that have been found in Lucknow is around 2112, followed by Prayagraj and Kanpur, with 1387 and 655 cases, respectively.

The rate of increase is comparatively higher than last year, with other variants of fever, such as viral and Chikungunya, also spiralling.

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LACK OF KEROSENE

Spraying of insecticide is not happening, reportedly due to the non-availability of kerosene. Meanwhile, 55 thousand litres of kerosene has been sought from the Center for spraying insecticide to kill Aedes aegypti (a mosquito that can spread dengue).

Speaking to India Today, UP DG Health Dr Lilly Singh said that the cases are increasing, but the administration is prepared with better health facilities.

“The shortage of kerosene will be solved soon, as a letter has been written to the Centre. Currently, alternate methods have been used for spraying,” said Lilly.

Significantly, Food and Logistics Department Special Secretary, Divya Prakash Giri, has written a letter to the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, demanding that 55,000 litres of kerosene be made available.

Notably, Pratham insecticide was purchased by the health department, but due to the non-availability of kerosene, it is not being sprayed in homes.

When a dengue patient is found, Pratham insecticide is sprayed on 50 houses in close proximity to kill mosquitoes.

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