Via The Times of India: Dengue fear in twin cities.
HUBLI: Umpteen claims of the authorities on the measures taken to check the spread of epidemics notwithstanding, dengue has once again raised its ugly head in the twin cities.
According to sources, the district registered 16 fresh cases of dengue in the past four weeks. However, nothing could change the style of functioning of the Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation (HDMC) which seems to be in a slumber despite the fear of dengue outbreak looming large over the twin cities.
No steps have been taken to clean the overflowing gutters and dustbins which have become breeding ground for mosquitoes. Absence of proper UGD system in the city has resulted in the stagnation of sewage water on the roads which is leading to mosquito breeding, Ravi Patted of Ishwarnagar told TOI.
"Civic workers are not coming to our areas to clean the gutters and clear garbage which is posing serious health risks," said Shamappa Kubsad, a resident of Ganesh Peth.
All's well, say officials
However, the officials are in denial mode. They argue that dengue cases are less in Dharwad district when compared with other districts.
P N Biradar, HDMC health officer said they are conducting a survey to contain the spread of the disease in both rural and urban areas.