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SUNRISE TUESDAY 6:41 AM MONDAY | 31 OCTOBER 2022 | LUDHIANA Two-fold jump in dengue cases in a month Firmtoldtopay~50K Malaria also on the rise, no case of chikungunya infection reported so far in district Nitin Jain EFFORTS ON TO CONTAIN SPREAD I have reviewed the situation arising out of dengue, malaria and other vector-borne diseases in the district and have directed the departments concerned to join hands for undertaking a concerted campaign to contain the further spread of such cases in the district. Tribune News Service Two fresh Covid cases in district Ludhiana, October 30 According to the office of the Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, two persons tested positive for Covid and no loss of life was reported due to the virus in the district on Sunday. Civil Surgeon Hitinder Kaur said 1,13,601 persons have tested positive and 3,018 patients have lost their lives to the virus since March 2020 in the district. On Sunday, there were 14 active cases, of which 12 have been asked to isolate themselves at their homes while two patients admitted to a hospital. At present, the recovery rate of Covid patients is 97.33 per cent. Till date, a total of 40,23,838 samples have been taken, of which 38,94,939 were found negative. Samples of 1,575 suspected patients were sent for testing today. — TNS COVID-19 FIGURES SAMPLES POSITIVE ACTIVE DEATHS 40,23,838 1,13,601 14 1 3,018 ❝ FILE PHOTO Ludhiana, October 30 The dreaded dengue fever, a mosquito-borne viral disease occurring in tropical and subtropical areas, is spreading its tentacles fast as the cases of this vector-borne disease have more than doubled in the district during the past one month, the official figures have revealed. While the cases of malaria are also on the rise, no case of chikungunya, which is a viral disease transmitted to humans by infected mosquitoes, has been reported in Ludhiana so far, the Health Department has confirmed. The gravity of the situation can be gauged from the fact that the number of confirmed dengue patients in the district has shot up from 116 on September 30 to 359 on October 29, which is an increase of almost 210 per cent. The count of suspected cases of dengue has gone up from 1,660 on September 30 to 2,167 on October 29, an addition of around 31 per cent within one month. These figures exclude the 353 patients of other districts who had tested positive for dengue in Ludhiana. Similarly, the confirmed cases of malaria have also risen. The district had 19 confirmed cases on September 30, which shot up to 25 on October 29. This is the highest tally in the district during the past three years. Taking stock of the situation, the Deputy Commissioner, Surabhi Malik, has directed district officials of all departments concerned – Health, Public Health, and Municipal Corporation – to The dengue figures exclude the 353 patients of other districts who had tested positive in Ludhiana. DREADED DENGUE: DISTRICT-WISE SITUATION District Mohali Ropar Pathankot Fatehgarh Sahib Ludhiana Patiala Nawanshahr Ferozepur Jalandhar Sangrur Bathinda Kapurthala Samples collected +ve cases Deaths reported 9,815 1,619 2,233 1,307 2,528 3,005 1,196 2,131 1,034 1,468 762 1,784 1,071 626 580 409 359 283 194 176 166 158 146 129 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 District Amritsar Hoshiarpur Fazilka Gurdaspur Faridkot Malerkotla Barnala Mansa Moga Muktsar Tarn Taran TOTAL Samples collected +ve cases Deaths reported 1,238 2,312 697 317 1,350 397 538 254 722 555 312 37,574 107 103 87 86 51 49 36 30 24 75 23 4,968 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 5 (Source: Health Department) take immediate steps to check the further spread of the vector-borne diseases in the district. Civil Surgeon Hitinder Kaur Sohal told The Tribune that a massive test, trace, and treat campaign was being undertaken by the Health Department to check the spread of dengue and malaria cases in the district. She said 20 fresh cases of dengue were confirmed in the district on Saturday. These included 10 native and 10 outsider patients. However, no fresh case of malaria was reported in the district during the past 24 hours after two patients had tested positive on Friday. With this, the total of dengue cases has reached 712, which includes 359 local residents and 353 from outside the district. Of these, 46 seriously ill patients are admitted to various private health institutions in the district while 130 hospitalised patients have been discharged following recovery. No death due to dengue has been reported in the district so far. Dr Sohal said as many as 2,528 samples have so far been tested for dengue while 1,33,684 houses and 2,29,622 containers have been inspected to check breeding of the 16 mobiles seized from Central Jail Ludhiana, October 30 A woman was duped of Rs 15 lakh by a travel agent on the pretext of sending her daughter abroad. He failed to arrange a visa for her and also refused to return the money to the woman. The suspect has been iden- Urban areas reporting more cases The urban areas of the district are more prone to dengue spread as compared to rural areas. Of the total 353 confirmed local patients of dengue, 265 are from urban areas while villages have reported only 94 cases so far. Among the urban areas, Ludhiana city has reported the maximum of 227 dengue cases, followed by Khanna with 37 cases and Jagraon with one case. In the rural areas, Raikot has registered three dengue patients, Samrala seven, Hathur three, Koom Kalan 16, Maloud 8, Machhiwara seven, Manupur 21, Payal four, Sahnewal 18, Sidhwan Bet one and Sudhar has so far reported six cases. The urban areas have so far reported 13 malaria cases, all from Ludhiana city, while 12 patients have tested positive for malaria in rural areas, including seven in Sahnewal, four in Koom Kalan, and one in Pakhowal. 5th worst-hit district Ludhiana is the fifth worsthit district in the state when it comes to dengue spread. While Mohali is on the top with the maximum of 1,071 confirmed, 9,815 suspected cases and one dengue death, Ropar ranks second with 626 confirmed, 1,619 suspected and one dengue death. Pathankot, with 580 confirmed and 2,233 suspected cases, and Fatehgarh Sahib, with 409 confirmed and 1,307 suspected dengue patients, are on the third and fourth spots, respectively. Rajneesh Lakhanpal Ludhiana, October 30 Terming user of a toll road to be a consumer, the District Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission has ordered Soma Isolux NH One Tollways Private Limited company to pay Rs 50,000 as compensation to the aggrieved consumer for failing to provide proper services being a service provider. The orders were pronounced by the District Consumer Commission at a camp court headed by president Lalit Pathak and its members Rajita Sareen and Parween Kumar Bansal, while deciding a complaint moved by Smita Jindal, a resident of Kitchlu Nagar here. The complainant had submitted before the commission that on January 10, 2015, she was returning from Delhi to Ludhiana via Ambala, Rajpura and Khanna. She paid charges at different toll plaza fee collection centres. But she experienced a rough ride and encountered many potholes, which appeared suddenly. There were no warning signs placed near the potholes. At some points, the potholes were so deep that they provided sudden shock and jerk, which resulted in fear of accident and anxiety. It was alleged that potholes at Khanna damaged two tyres and also deteriorated the general condition of the car, including loosening of nuts and bolts. The complainant travelled the road in the grip of fear. Hence, she suffered from mental stress and other detriments. CO FAILED TO PROVIDE PROPER SERVICES The complainant had stated that while returning from Delhi to Ludhiana via Ambala, Rajpura and Khanna on January 10, 2015, potholes at Khanna damaged two tyres of her car and also deteriorated the condition of the vehicle. She travelled the road in the grip of fear. Hence, she suffered from mental stress and other detriments. On January 14, 2015, the complainant got served a legal notice on the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the Soma company demanding a payment of Rs 1 lakh towards compensation for the general damages to the car due to the potholes, mental stress and anxiety. On Feburary 7, 2015, the NHAI wrote a letter to the Soma firm to reply to the legal notice but no reply was received from the company. In a letter dated April 4, the NHAI admitted that the work of six laning project of the NH1 from the Panipat-Jalandhar section had been at a standstill for almost 2.1/2 years due to pendency of litigation in the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, as well as in the Supreme Court. Ultimately, in the final decision, the issue was decided and Soma Isolux NH-One Tollways Private Limited was directed to complete the work. “The work has already been restarted on the stretch and has picked up pace. Routine maintenance and repair of potholes on the project were a continuous process and monitored by our consultant LBG Inc. Some continued on page 2 MLA: CM to meet traders soon Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 30 A surprise checking conducted in the Central Jail here led to the seizure of 16 mobile phones in two separate incidents. Of the 16 mobile phones, 12 were found abandoned on the jail premises while the remaining were seized from the jail inmates. In the first incident, a checking was conducted by assistant jail superintendent Gagandeep Sharma, along with his team, which led to the seizure of four mobile phones from inmates Gaurav, Kamaljit, Shukar Singh and Gagandeep Singh Pawan on October 27. Sharma said during checking on October 27, when belongings of the four inmates were checked, four mobile phones were seized. Another checking was conducted by assistant jail superintendent Inderpreet Singh on October 28 during which 12 mobiles were found abandoned at various places on the jail premises. In both incidents, a separate case under the Prisons Act was registered yesterday against the four jail inmates and unidentified inmates. Jail officials said now, a probe would be conducted into the recovery of mobiles and if the connivance of any jail employee with the inmates comes to the fore, action would be taken against them. The Jail Department recover hundreds of mobile phones every year but nothing logical had been done in the name of investigation to bust the racket so far. Ludhiana, October 30 AAP MLA Madan Lal Bagga, while addressing members of the Punjab Pradesh Beopar Mandal (PPBM) here, said a meeting of traders would be convened with Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann soon, so that they could discuss their issues. A meeting of the PPBM was convened here today in which members raised several issues and said it was high time that the state government paid attention to the grievances of traders. Mandal president Sunil Mehra said the prevailing situation of gang wars in the state had created a panic among businessmen and the issue should be resolved soon so that traders could conduct their business with a free and peaceful mind. The members complained that online businesses were affecting showroom sales and this should be curbed. Bagga said he would try to convene a meeting with the CM at the earliest. — TNS Woman duped of ~15L by travel agent Tribune News Service ❞ SURABHI MALIK, DEPUTY COMMISSIONER reserved for dengue patients in the district. relief to road user tified as Harjit Singh, alias Guri, resident of Friends Colony, Jalandhar. A case of cheating was registered against him on Saturday. The complainant, Sukhwant Kaur Gill, of the Amloh road area, Khanna, in a complaint submitted to the police stated that her daughter wanted to go abroad and she contacted the travel agent for the same. The suspect assured that he could easily arrange a visa for her daughter and in lieu, demanded Rs 15 lakh in cash, she said. “Since the agent had promised that the visa would be provided in a short period, I gave Rs 15 lakh to him. When the agent failed to arrange the visa, I asked him to return the money but he refused. Following which, I submitted a complaint and a case was registered against him on Saturday,” the complainant said. ASI Surjit Singh said further probe had been launched in the case. c m y b dengue mosquito larvae. Following their detection in 1,301 houses and 1,341 containers, as many as 1,872 challans, including 1,117 by the Health Department and 755 by the MC, have been issued against the violators. She said adequate arrangements have been made at all government institutions to test and treat dengue and malaria patients, with 95 beds The festival is celebrated to offer prayers to the sun. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Gaiety marks Chhath Puja celebrations Hundreds of devotees from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar perform rituals Shivani Bhakoo Tribune News Service Ludhiana, October 30 Chhath Puja, which is one of the main festivals in states, including Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, was celebrated with fervour by devotees here in the city. Hundreds of migrants from UP and Bihar performed rituals to mark the celebrations. The devotees, along with their families, gathered mainly near the banks of Sutlej, wearing bright clothes, holding flowers, fruits, sugarcane, coconuts, etc, in their hands to perform puja. Many of them kept on standing in the river for 1-2 hours while offering prayers to the sun. Manoj, a migrant from UP who had come with his wife and mother, said rituals had been performed here since several years by his family. “Every time, we cannot reach our native place. But we make sure that Chhath Puja is performed with fervour among fellow beings. We offer various kinds of things to the Sun god as ultimately, the sun brightens our lives,” Manoj said. Meanwhile, the BJP leadership also extended warm wishes to the people on Chhath Puja. State BJP president Ashwani Sharma and district president Jivan Gupta congratulated the masses on the occasion at Sua Road, Eastman Chowk and Lohara Road. Sharma said different kinds of festivals were celebrated in India, which was the real beauty of the country. People from various walks of life celebrate the festivals together. Chhath Puja is celebrated for four days to offer prayers to the sun.
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