With six new cases this week, the number of chikungunya patients in the Capital has reached 95 this year. Last year, 65 people had tested positive to the mosquito-borne disease.
“The surveillance programme has been expanded to check the spread of the disease,” said Dr VK Monga, chairman, public health committee, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).
The maximum number of cases has been reported from Najafgarh. “I was diagnosed with the disease four months ago. I am still not able to walk as my knees and heels pain,” said Ratna Devi, 67, a resident of the area.
Meanwhile, with seven fresh cases reported on Friday, the number of dengue patients has reached 1,071. “Though the temperature has dipped, afternoons are still warm, which provide suitable conditions for mosquito-breeding. I am still getting a few dengue cases daily,” said a senior doctor from the department of medicine at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital , who do not want to be named.
This year, five persons, including a one-and-a-half-year-old boy, have succumbed to the disease.
The national Capital has also reported 261 cases of malaria. Besides, it’s for the first time that nine cases of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) were reported from the city.
“Though no more cases of JE have been reported, we are collecting samples from all possible sources to detect the spread of the virus. We have started collecting the samples of slaughtered pigs. We expect the lab results to be out by Monday,” Dr Monga said.