Delhi reported 71 cases of the vector-borne dengue fever this week, pushing the total number of such cases to 226 so far this year.
The figure, which is alarming, is 17 times higher when to compared with the number of cases reported in 2012 (13 cases) and nearly three times higher than the cases reported in 2011 during the corresponding period.
Though none of the three corporations have confirmed it yet, one person is said to have succumbed to the infection in the Capital. A 22-year-old man reportedly died of dengue at Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh this month.
Expressing concern over the growing number of dengue cases, Delhi health minister Ashok Kumar Walia directed the municipal corporations to carry out domestic and field anti-mosquito measures on weekends to improve coverage.
Two hand-operated fogging machines will be used in each of the 272 wards as well as one vehicle-mounted fogging machine in each of the 12 zones of the Capital.
"The situation and incidence of dengue must be closely monitored. We have to keep our preparedness at optimum level and ensure that hospital beds, testing kits, medicines and blood platelets are adequately available," said Walia.
The minister directed the corporations to coordinate with railway authorities to cover areas around both sides of the railway track for intensive fogging with immediate effect. He also asked the director of health services to coordinate with medical superintendents of the hospitals and provide the required number of laboratory technicians so that availability of platelets remains adequate.
The heads of the offices, educational institutions, resident welfare associations, industrial associations and market federations have been instructed to ensure that there is no mosquito-breeding within their premises.