Uttarakhand has witnessed a surge in dengue cases for some time now. Although officially there was no data on the number of cases, unofficially it was being said that there were over 1,000 cases.
An official of the state's Directorate of Health Services on the condition of anonymity said: "The lower areas of the state were more affected and the condition is grim across the state. The number of affected people may be in thousands.
"Even in the upper reaches of the state cases of dengue are pouring in. Although the dengue spreading mosquito does not survive in colder places, yet the cases were increasing. The reason could be that the affected people are moving from the lower plains to the upper reaches."
In the beginning, the cases were detected in the Raipur area of Dehradun, but very quickly dengue has spread all over.
All the hospitals in the city are full of dengue patients, besides those who are receiving treatment in their homes. The situation is so grim that a top school in Dehradun has closed for the time being in view of the rising dengue cases.
Several police officers and jawans have also been affected by the dengue in the state capital. As per a report, which was made after several police men were found to be on leave, the number of ill personnel has reached120.
Uttarakhand Health Secretary Nitesh Jha said: "We are taking special measures in areas which are badly affected. The number of doctors to tackle dengue cases are being increased. New blood collecting centre are being set up. Eight doctors from Garhwal have been moved to Dehradun, 22 doctors from Almora Medical College are working in Haldwani and nursing staff has been increased in other hospitals in the city."