Alarming Surge of 1000 Dengue Cases in Bengaluru: Report


Dengue cases in Bengaluru have surged, with over 1,000 cases reported recently, marking a significant increase compared to last year. Within the limits of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), 1,036 cases have been reported in the past three weeks, doubling the figures from last June.

This spike coincides with the news that BBMP Chief Commissioner Tushar Girinath has tested positive for the viral disease. Despite experiencing a mild fever since Friday, Girinath continued his duties, including overseeing the inauguration of a new multilevel car park at Freedom Park and reviewing the draft advertisement policy. Acting on medical advice, he underwent a dengue test on Saturday, which returned positive. Girinath remains stable and is currently working from home, planning to return to the office soon.

BBMP health officials are intensifying efforts to control the spread of dengue, focusing on awareness campaigns, door-to-door surveys, and mosquito-control measures such as spraying and fogging to eliminate breeding grounds. The city has recorded a total of 2,447 dengue cases in the last six months, with the Mahadevapura and East zones reporting the highest numbers due to their large populations.

In response to the escalating cases state-wide, Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has instructed officials to prioritize the detection and treatment of the viral infection. During a meeting with Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao and senior officers, the chief minister emphasized ensuring adequate availability of treatment, medications, and blood platelets. As of yesterday, Karnataka has reported 5,374 cases and five deaths related to dengue. Siddaramaiah underscored the government’s commitment to combating the disease, urging comprehensive measures including door-to-door surveys and public awareness campaigns involving ASHA workers, nursing students, NSS volunteers, and others.

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