15 Delhi hospitals put on high alert for dengue

The MCD is sending notices to nearly 29,000 households for not taking appropriate measures against Dengue.

india Updated: Oct 07, 2006 17:15 IST

With dengue cases rising alarmingly in the capital, over 15 hospitals, including a few top private ones, have been issued notice for not doing enough to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes on their campuses, even as 10 new dengue cases were reported at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Monday.

In the last two weeks, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) issued notices to the hospitals, including the super speciality Indraprastha Apollo Hospital and Max Healthcare, after officials found stagnant water on their campuses.

"Over 15 hospitals, both private and government, have been issued notice after a team of our health officers inspected their campuses," said a top MCD health official.

"The notice asks the hospital authorities to take due note of the mosquito breeding grounds at their campuses and step up surveillance to curb it," said the official. The fountains at hospitals were among the favourite breeding places for mosquitoes, he said.

However, the official declined to divulge the names of all the hospitals.

An Apollo official, confirming the notice, said: "Yes, we have received a notice and have fully complied with the civic body's directives."

Meanwhile, AIIMS reported 10 new cases of the mosquito-borne virus Monday, taking the total number of cases to 45. "Currently we have 45 patients of dengue, of which 20 are from the AIIMS campus, including resident doctors, students and support staff," Medical Superintendent DK Sharma said.

"We have intensified our surveillance and are doing regular fogging of potential breeding areas. A cleanliness drive is also on in the campus," Sharma added.

On Sunday, the hospital confirmed 35 dengue patients, including 18 from the campus. The authorities rang the alarm bell after a seventh semester student, Kamal Raj Kiran, died on Saturday of the deadly fever. Two medical students have also been shifted to the intensive care unit of the hospital.

The national capital has recorded over 460 cases of the virus so far this year and 10 deaths. The dengue virus spread through the bite of the female Aedes mosquito, primarily Aedes Aegypti, which breed in clean stagnant water.

To control the growing menace of dengue, the Delhi government has hired 2,400 temporary workers, apart from over 3,000 working for MCD, to intensify surveillance of potential breeding grounds and launch fogging of anti-mosquito drugs.

Some of the worst affected zones of Delhi are the Civil Lines, Karol Bagh, Rohini and Shahdara areas, he said.

"We have started random checks at homes, offices and places where there could be stagnant water. We are spraying anti-mosquito drugs," said Delhi municipal health officer NK Yadav.

The civic authority has sent legal notices to over 29,000 households and fined nearly 13,000 of them for not removing stagnant water.

First Published: Oct 02, 2006 15:31 IST