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Govt intensifies prevention measures as dengue claims 3 lives in Manipur

Manipur Health Minister Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh advised the people not to panic but to be vigilant.

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Imphal: As the number of dengue cases increased at an alarming rate across the state, the Manipur government Friday sprung into action to control and prevent the viral disease in the state.

At least three people have been killed and nearly 360 dengue cases, the highest in the last 15 years, have been reported in almost all the districts except Chandel, Pherzawl, Jiribam, Noney and Kamjong in Manipur. At 199, Tengnoupal district has the highest number of dengue cases in Manipur, followed by Churachandpur and Imphal West at 38 and 36 respectively.

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Manipur’s Churachandpur reported its first death of the disease on October 28, followed by Moreh in Tengnoupal district on October 30 and one in Bishnupur district, officials said. 

Speaking to media persons at his residence, Manipur Health Minister Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh advised the people not to panic but to be vigilant.

Extra care should be taken to prevent the stagnation of water in pits, flower pots, coolers and flower beds. People should cover their bodies as much as they can. Mosquito repellents should also be put to use, said the Minister, adding that the state government and his department were taking all steps to address the problem even as it was constantly monitoring the situation.

Dr Ranjan also informed that more than 10 healthcare teams have been deputed to Churachandpur to conduct fogging at affected areas and conduct door-to-door blood tests. 

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