Three cases of dengue were registered in the first two days of July, says a report released by the municipal corporation on Monday. This takes the total number of cases this year to 31.
Only 20 cases had been reported in the corresponding period in 2015, when Delhi saw its worst ever dengue outbreak that affected more than 15,000 people and claimed 60 lives.
Last year’s outbreak and prediction of excessive rain this monsoon have kept the health department on its toes to prevent breeding. Water-logging at major public hospitals across the city has only increased the fear of breeding.
With only a couple of days of rainfall, water has accumulated in front of the women resident doctors’ hostel of All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
“As soon as it starts raining, water starts collecting on the road in front of the hostel, in the basement and behind the hostel. The water does not dry for days,” said a resident doctor.
The premiere institute has been receiving challans for mosquito breeding for years now.
Waterlogging is routine at Safdarjung hospital just across the road. “It is a yearly thing. The drainage is not proper and the area in front of the gynae ward fills up even with little rain. Safdarjung has two fountains, providing a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes,” said a doctor at Safdarjung.
Similar spots are present at the Centre-run Dr Ram Manohar Lohia hospital. “There is water-logging beneath the blood bank building throughout the year. Monsoon water starts accumulating in other areas as well because the drains are not cleaned regularly,” the doctor said.
After a preparedness meeting with all states on Friday, the Union health minister JP Nadda said senior officials of all central government-run hospitals were instructed to stop mosquito breeding.
“Till now we were focusing on preventive measures, now we will also look at the curative part. At the next meeting, the government will take stock of the availability of platelets and number of beds,” said Nadda.