Zika stings Jaipur as total cases touch 50
Eight New Ones Reported, Houses To Be Checked For Larvae
Jaipur: With eight new cases being reported on Saturday, total number of Zika positive cases here has gone up to 50, of whom 38 are doing fine, according to the health department. Now, since Zika cases are no longer confined only to Shastri Nagar here, the health department, along with Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC), will from Sunday go on door-todoor checking of houses in the city.
House-owners will be fined if larvae are found in their houses. On Saturday, as many as 276 teams were deployed for conducting survey of Zika-affected areas.
Since Zika cases are constantly being reported from the city, the health depart- ment has issued directions for taking disciplinary action against officials who are not doing their duties properly.
On Saturday, additional chief secretary (health) Veenu Gupta inspected Zika-affected Shastri Nagar and visited Heerabagh nurses’ training centre, where a facility for isolating patients infected with Zika virus has been set up. A health department official said that with the help of the district collector and administration of Rajput Hostel in the city’s Sindhi Camp area, where four Zika-positive cases have been reported, facilities for food and filling of examination forms have been put in place. Students who needed to complete filling of examination forms were allowed to do so at the hostel. About 140 residents of the hostel have been confined to its premises.
The health department claimed that people were not cleaning their water tanks, thereby providing a breeding ground for mosquitoes in their houses.