The dengue menace continued unabated in the national capital with 30 more cases being reported on Monday, taking the total number of patients to 585 even as the civic authorities said a series of measures were being taken to prevent the spread of the disease.
Delhi has seen a surge in the number of dengue cases over the last fortnight when 20 to 23 cases per day on an average were registered. Two persons have died due to the disease so far this season.
"Thirty more patients have tested positive for dengue since last evening, taking the number of cases this season to 585," Municipal Health Officer, MCD, N K Yadav told PTI.
Officials said the civic body has created task forces for all 12 zones of the MCD, is carrying out fogging operations and a door-to-door drive to check breeding of mosquitoes. "Already, penal action has been taken against more than 200 people last week for high mosquito breeding in their premises," Yadav said.
With this, prosecution action was initiated against 5,166 people so far this year, he said.
Besides AIIMS, most of the dengue patients are under treatment at Fortis, Ganga Ram, LNJP and Apollo Hospitals.
A discussion on the dengue menace was also held at a meeting of the MCD House today with councillors from both Congress and BJP saying that the civic body officials were hiding figures and not taking adequate measures to prevent dengue.
Last year, 1,070 dengue cases and two deaths were reported in the city.