Shillong: Health officials in Meghalaya on Saturday confirmed 36 cases of dengue fever in the West Garo Hills district.
“Thirty-six cases of dengue fever so far have been reported from the urban area and the maximum cases have been reported from Tura Civil Hospital quarters and Hawakhana in Tura,” Ram Singh, the district magistrate of West Garo Hills, said.
“In view of the reported cases of dengue in the Garo Hills region, Singh had convened a meeting with the District Vector Borne Disease Control Officer and the representatives of the localities in Tura at DRDA Conference Hall on Friday.
During the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner urged the concerned authorities to closely monitor the situation and to take preventive measures in both the urban and rural areas before the spread of dengue in the district.
He also informed that the Testing Centre for dengue is functional at Tura Civil Hospital.
Stressing on the need to make the people understand the situation and to take precautionary measures, Singh also urged the representatives of the localities to support and cooperate with
the concerned authorities in mosquito breeding source reduction by proper solid and liquid wastes, proper storage of water, etc.
He also asked the representatives to hold meetings in their respective localities to sensitize the people in tackling the viral disease.
The District Vector Borne Disease Control Officer, highlighted the symptoms of dengue, types of dengue like probable and confirmed, transmission from mosquitoes to human, roles of various laboratories un NVBDCP, methods and tools for vector control.