Six private city hospitals have reported 41 dengue cases, while the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) insisted there are only 19.
Dengue, the mosquito borne disease, has emerged as a major threat this monsoon, with hospitals around the city reporting a sharp increase in number of cases.
A random survey of six private hospitals by Hindustan Times has revealed 41 cases.
However, MCD, the civic agency responsible for curbing the menace says the situation is under control.
While the MCD may insist that Delhi receives a large number of cases from elsewhere in NCR, the figure is more than double of what the MCD has been claiming.
And this is not even the complete picture with the number of hospitals far more than what we have surveyed.
There are atleast 40 smaller private hospitals and nursing homes and close to 40 government and civic agency hospitals which are treating dengue cases.
“I can recount atleast 15 cases from other states but with local addresses. We will definitely not count them as Delhi cases,” said Dr. N.K. Yadav, municipal health officer, MCD.
Like all previous years, MCD officials argue that most of the private hospitals are not performing the mandatory IgM Capture Elisa test.
"As per government of India rules, a case is considered positive if the IgM serology report is positive. Since a number of hospitals are sending us reports based on the rapid kit and NS1 test, we can't count them as dengue cases," said Dr Yadav.
But hospitals say they are reporting only confirmed cases to MCD. “We are reporting only those cases to MCD where the IgM reports are positive. We have reported seven confirmed dengue cases in June-July and nine since January," said Batra Hospital spokesperson.
“This season, we are getting cases really early. People are coming in with high-grade fever and low platelet counts,” said Dr SP Byotra, director, medicine department at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
Medicine experts at AIIMS are also reporting several dengue cases.
“Previous trends show that the dengue cycle is repeated every four years. We may just see an epidemic this year if civic agencies dilly-dally,” said a professor in the department of medicine at AIIMS.