According to sources, the department barely has two fogging machines and hardly any staff is available for fogging.
“Health department’s fogging machine is hand-enabled and they are fumigated for a few minutes only in areas where they organize camps. Forget about other parts of the city, health department is totally relying on corporation to do the fogging. They are ones actually responsible for source detection and killing of larvae as they get huge finance for it from both centre and state,” said a senior official from municipal corporation.
The Chief medical officer of Dehradun, Y S Thapliyal, said, “Considering the spread of dengue, we need to fog inside the houses. Locals need to play an active in this regard and spray insecticide inside their houses. Department cannot go to each and every house and its terrace to find out stagnant water and source detection. We have been directed by the top brass of health to hire workers on contractual basis to conduct in-house fogging and spraying larvicide intensely in areas that are reporting majority of cases. The process will kick start very soon.”
Meanwhile, the former state head of AAP Anoop Nautiyal on Wednesday sought resignation from health minister Surinder Singh Negi due to rising dengue cases.