NOIDA: The district health department is on its toes after it was reported on Saturday that district magistrate’s stenographer, Rakesh Singh, along with a former Noida Authority officer on special duty, has contracted dengue .
This year, 41 cases of dengue have been reported from hospitals in Gautam Budh Nagar, with 34 patients from Ghaziabad and the rest from Delhi, Bulandshahr and other neighbouring districts.
A team from the department inspected the officer’s colony, including houses of officers, behind the DM’s camp office in Sector 27 on Monday.
Rajesh Sharma, district malaria officer said that mosquito larvae were found inside a cooler at the house of a Noida Authority employee, Devendra. “The team has issued a fine of Rs 500 to Devendra,” he said.
Chief medical officer (CMO) Dr Anurag Bhargava told TOI that Singh had undergone a rapid card test and his sample has been tested with ELISA kit.
“His reports will come by Tuesday. We are currently only confirming cases that have tested positive in the ELISA test. However, the case of the DM’s stenographer and former Noida Authority OSD YP Singh, have been included in the 34 cases because they have captured public attention,” Bhargava said.
While the total number of dengue patients from GB Nagar district between January and October 21 stands at 34, the number was 28 in 2018, a department official said. “The number of dengue cases is higher across UP this year. Meerut has so far reported 79 cases while Ghaziabad has reported 60,” said Rajesh Sharma, the district malaria officer.