Malaria records 300% growth, govt ups ante
It's that time of the year again. And the Delhi government is bracing up to fight mosquitoes and the diseases such as dengue, malaria, chikungunya, etc. that the tiny insects spread by their deadly bite. Rhythma Kaul reports.delhi Updated: Jun 23, 2012 00:40 IST
It's that time of the year again. And the Delhi government is bracing up to fight mosquitoes and the diseases such as dengue, malaria, chikungunya, etc. that the tiny insects spread by their deadly bite.
MCD’s mosquito breeding surveillance teams have found 12,000 premises infested with the bug. Rural pockets of Narela, Najafgarh, Shahdra north and west zone were found to be most vulnerable. Delhi health minister AK Walia met officials from the three civic bodies, NDMC, Delhi Cantonment board and irrigation and flood control department on Wednesday.
Though dengue cases have not reported a significant rise than last year but malaria has already announced its arrival with a three-fold rise in cases than the corresponding period last year. "As many as 61 cases of malaria have been reported so far, against 18 cases last year for the same period. The rise may be attributed to more diagnostic laboratories for malaria, but that doesn't mean we will be any less careful," said a health official from the unified municipal corporation of Delhi (MCD).
"We must take preventive steps and intensify surveillance to ensure breeding is curbed, which is the best way to fight dengue and other vector-borne diseases," said Walia.
Experts say the onset of monsoon is the ideal time for mosquito breeding. "The combination of heat and humidity is ideal for the breeding of mosquitoes," said a senior doctor with AIIMS.
Not just RWAs but heads of institutions, hospitals, police stations and market federations are being roped in to ensure that rain water is not allowed to stagnate anywhere. Workplaces are the primary focus area, as last year 60% of the affected people were between 15 and 45 years of age.
Over 3000 domestic breeding checkers and 700 hand-held fogging machines have been pressed into service. Hospitals have been directed to make all arrangements for timely diagnosis and treatment.