Vasco: The Mormugao municipal area has witnessed a whopping 387 cases of dengue from January to November 2018.
With over a month for the year to end, presently, there are at least 17 persons with the suspected dengue fever have been admitted in the Chicalim Cottage Hospital.
The authorities are in a quandary over the rise in dengue cases and have resorted to blaming the people of not following the instructions given by them to contain the spread of the disease.
A school student and a child died this year due to the dreadful vector borne disease in Mormugao.
When contacted, the officials concerned said that they are taking all the measures to stop the spread of the disease. Fogging of wards, spraying of insecticide and also spreading awareness to discourage stagnation of water in thickly populated areas is being undertaken.
The health officer of Vasco Urban Health Centre also said that there have been altercations with people in the areas of Sada and Mangor Hill when asked to keep their water barrels and storage containers closed.
Since Vasco falls on the tail end of the water pipeline, the town generally receives low pressure or no water. Adding to the woes, the people living on the headland Sada receive lower supply of water due to the topography of the area. [H]