Just two government hospitals have reported dengue cases equal to the total number of such cases confirmed in the city by the municipal corporation that keeps count of cases and deaths in the city.
The Safdarjung Hospital alone treated 77 cases of dengue from Delhi and the NCR till July 9, whereas the MCD data from Delhi and the NCR confirmed 50 cases till July 16. The MCD says 18 of these are from Delhi.
“A dozen of the 77 dengue cases are from within Delhi and the rest from NCR,” a Safdarjung official said. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital near Connaught Place has confirmed another 6 cases from Delhi, taking the number of confirmed dengue cases between the two hospitals to 18.
Safdarjung has confirmed all 77 cases using the accurate ELISA test and not the rapid diagnostic test, which the MCD rejects on the grounds it throws up almost 50% false positive cases.
Along with the awareness campaigns, Delhi government has asked hospitals to assign beds for dengue patients, keep testing kits and platelets in stock so there are no shortages.
Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain also said around 250-300 fever clinic corners would be set up in the hospitals, dispensaries and mohalla clinics by September.
“Right now, we need to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Since very few cases are from within Delhi, treatment facilities don’t need to be scaled up right now,” he had said.