With dengue cases in J&K nearing the 1,000 mark, the authorities in the Jammu region have scaled up efforts to check its spread, officials said on Wednesday. A total of 993 cases of dengue have been reported in the Union Territory with Jammu (639 cases), Kathua (172) and Samba (87) districts in the Jammu division accounting for the majority of the cases till Tuesday.
“The office of the state malariologist in Jammu has scaled up preventive activities such as vector-control activities (bio-larvicide fish, spraying and fogging) and information education and communication (IEC) and behavior change communication (BCC) activities,” an official spokesman said. Radio talks to increase awareness among the masses regarding preventive measures have been aired periodically by senior officers of the department, the spokesman added.
In collaboration with the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC), he said, thermal fogging has been conducted to kill mosquitoes in Jammu urban areas. Similar activities were carried out in Samba, Kathua, and Udhampur districts, he said.