Chikungunya back in Ahmedabad

Has chikungunya made a comeback in the city? After the civic body and the government tried their best to control the figures, the disease seems to be back again. Members of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation's (AMC) health committee on Monday discussed how the various diseases were increasing in the city.

According to figures obtained from the civic body, the city witnessed 43 cases of chikungunya last year (January 2012-December 2012). Surprisingly, 20 cases of chikungunya were reported this July alone, which is nearly 50 per cent of last year's total in just one month! Also, 39 cases of chikungunya have been reported from January to July this year.

However, no death has been reported in these cases this year. Besides, diseases like malignant malaria or Plasmodium Falciparum and dengue are also on the rise compared to July 2012. While there were 110 cases of malignant malaria in July 2012, they increased to 237 this July, indicating a rise of 115 per cent.

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Similarly, 107 cases of dengue were reported in July 2012 which increased to 130, indicating a rise of 21 per cent. For gastro-enteritis, a total of 596 cases were reported last July which increased to 1,032 this July, showing a rise of 73 per cent.

On the other hand, figures for jaundice, cholera and typhoid were not that alarming this July compared to July 2012. In July 2012, there were 553 cases of jaundice, which fell to 438 this year. Also, typhoid and cholera cases were 101 and 21, respectively, last July, which fell to 81 and 11, respectively, this July. The city, from January to July this year, has also recorded 11 deaths from malaria, out of which one was that of a foreign national, who was in the city for a few days.

The health department has been taking steps and collected 1.08 lakh blood samples compared to the 79,542 samples taken in July 2012.

Drainage line repair

The water and sewerage committee of AMC on Monday discussed the laying of drainage line from Mukabhai Chhapra to Old Girdharnagar drainage pumping station in the Madhupura ward of the central zone. Incidentally, the line is being replaced due to the rat menace in that area, which damaged the drainage lines of that ward. The new drainage line would be laid at a cost of Rs31.56 lakh.

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