A total of 56 confirmed cases of dengue have been detected in Goa from January till May, this year. Besides these, the directorate of health services (DHS) is awaiting reports of 20 odd suspected cases of the disease.
As per data provided by the DHS in the year 2015, the state recorded 293 cases of dengue, the highest so far. Following the outbreak in 2015 the health department launched a massive drive and managed to bring down the number of dengue cases to 150 in the year 2016.
Despite awareness and government effort, the number of dengue cases rose to 235 in 2017. The state has witnessed 56 cases of dengue during this year from January till May as against 85 cases during the same period last year.
Priol constituency in Ponda taluka has been under the grip of dengue in the recent past. An outbreak has been reported in the Galwado. The DHS has, however, claimed that the situation was now under
control. “Initially there were 13 suspected cases of dengue in Priol of which 6 were confirmed by laboratory examinations. Currently, there are 20 cases suspected to be of dengue whose reports are awaited,” said national vector-borne disease control programme (NVBDCP) officer Dr Anant Palekar.
He informed that most of the cases were from the Priol constituency. He further said that the cases reported in Priol were referred to the sub-district hospital in Ponda and claimed there was no outbreak of dengue in Ponda.
Dr Palekar informed that Vasco town witnessed a sudden rise in dengue cases during the last two months. However, no new cases have been detected in the area.
Dr Palekar said that 24 rounds of fogging and source reduction drive have been undertaken in Priol to kill adult mosquitoes and to kill mosquito larvae. The department is conducting awareness programme in the vulnerable areas and has appealed to the people for their cooperation. He said that additional health workers have been deployed on the field to take precautionary measures.