Dengue returns to haunt Delhi, 30 cases already

Updated on Jul 21, 2015 03:33 PM IST
Nearly 30 cases of dengue have been reported in Delhi till last week this year, the highest number for the period in the past six years, according to a municipal report on the vector-borne disease.
The study which found that dengue and chikungunya cases were much higher than officially recorded, also found that awareness level was very low. (Shutterstock)
The study which found that dengue and chikungunya cases were much higher than officially recorded, also found that awareness level was very low. (Shutterstock)
PTI | By, Delhi

Nearly 30 cases of dengue have been reported in Delhi till last week this year, the highest number for the period in the past six years, according to a municipal report on the vector-borne disease.

The number of cases during January 1 till July 18 for the earlier five years were – 16 (2014), 14 (2013), 8 (2012), 11 (2011), 28 (2010).

Out of the total number of cases in 2015, 12 have been reported in July only.

In Delhi out of the total 29 cases, the maximum number of them was reported from north Delhi, at 10, while east Delhi recorded the lowest number with six cases.

Nine cases were recorded in south Delhi during the period, a recent report by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) said.

Two cases were reported from areas outside the jurisdiction of the municipal corporations in the city while a case each was reported from Uttar Pradesh and one other state from January 1 till July 18.

A senior official of North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) on Tuesday said, though this is beginning of the monsoon season, the figures are a "not a reason for worry".

"While dengue cases are being reported, its number this year is expected to be lower this year by the end of the season, as we have taken all precautionary measures to ward off the vector-borne disease. Besides, between intermittent rains, one dry spell with sunny weather reduces breeding.

"So, further number of cases will depend on how the weather plays out from here on," the senior official said.

All three corporations – North, South and East – have their own anti-dengue drive to create awareness and penalize people and institutions if water stagnation is found in coolers and other areas.

Besides, a dengue month is also marked by the civic bodies to intensify the drive and create greater awareness among the people.

In 2014, the city had reported three deaths and recorded nearly 1,000 cases. In 2013, over 5,500 cases were reported, while six people had died due to the disease.

The Capital had witnessed a large number of dengue cases in 2010 with over 6,000 cases reported in the city.

In 2008, over 1,300 cases were registered, 1,153 in 2009, over 1,100 cases in 2011 and 2,093 in 2012.

The SDMC compiles the dengue and malaria report on behalf of all civic bodies in the city.

According to the medical health officer (MHO), East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC), KK Chaudhary, there are 33 hospitals for diagnosing dengue, out of which six hospitals are in east Delhi.

He said the department has a team of 710 domestic breeding checkers for creating awareness and detecting mosquito breeding.

The NDMC official said, "We have about 1300 DBCs, and as soon as monsoon season approaches, we intensify our drive to ward off any disease outbreak situation due to mosquito breeding."

Over 34,000 households have been found positive during a check for mosquito breeding in SDMC areas.

For NDMC, the corresponding figure was 12,375 and for EDMC it stood at 12,046, as per the report.

Union health minister JP Nadda has been carrying surprise inspection of various hospitals to check their preparedness to deal with a dengue outbreak.

He also directed them to increase the blood platelets storage at hospitals to meet any exigencies.

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