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Dengue raises ugly head at Cutbona, 6 affected
December 8, 2013
MARGAO: Dengue has raised its ugly head at Cutbona in Velim village, with as many as six persons, including local Panch member Veena Cardozo and her son, suspected to have been hit by dengue fever.
While Balli Primary Health official Dr Vijaya maintained that only two cases have been reported from Cutbona area, Velim Sarpanch Melvyn Sanches claimed that six persons, including three migrants, have been affected by dengue. While Dr Vijaya claimed that the two suspected victims of dengue fever stands discharged from the hospital, at least two victims, including the Velim Panch member Veena Cardozo and her son are still convalescing in a city hospital.
the area – the hub of fishing activity – was hit by a scare since the last week of November, the Velim village Panchayat along with the Balli primary health centre and locals held an awareness program in the locality on Sunday. The health officials also carried out anti-larvae measures in the area.
The Velim sarpanch later told the media that water stagnation due to the damaged sluice gate at Cubtona is suspected the cause of dengue in the area. “Today, we have requested our local MLA Benjamin D’Silva to take up the repair work on the sluice gate for smooth flow of the water. He has promised to execute the work from January next year,” Sanches said.
Locals also took exception to the bathing activities of the migrant labour working on the fishing vessels, saying that the water finds its way and accumulates in the water body, offering a perfect ground for mosquito breeding.
A local resident Andrew Cardozo has demanded immediate action by the authorities to stop the disease from spreading in the locality. “Dengue has not only affected the migrant workforce at the jetty, but locals as well”, he said, while urging the authorities to take all necessary precautions to stop dengue from spreading in the area.
The Cutbona jetty is the home for around 3000-4000 migrant labourers. Though there’s been a demand from locals that the migrants are screened by the Balli Primary health Centre for malaria, it’s not known how many workers have been covered by the health officials till date.
The Cutbona Boat Owners Union had recently made a representation to the health officials to screen the migrant workers for malaria.
President of the Cutbona Boat Owners Union, Seby Cardozo said the Union had recently made a representation to the health officials to screen the migrant workers for malaria. “The Union will cooperate with the authorities though the dengue cases have not been detected at the jetty”, he added.