7 fresh cases of dengue

Figure likely to rise in next few weeks in Delhi, say docs

Seven fresh dengue cases were reported in the last one week in Delhi NCR, according to data released by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation. This takes the total number of cases to 40 in the city.

According to doctors, the figure is likely to go up in the next few weeks. This is because of the continuous rain which has led to stagnant water in the city. “Even last year, the increase in number of cases was noted in mid-September. The continuous rainfall will lead to more stagnant water on city streets which are likely to aggravate cases of dengue. It is extremely important to eliminate the breeding sources to avoid an outbreak,” said Dr Anil Bansal, member of Delhi Medical Council (DMC).

“However, dengue patients need to be admitted only because of the severity of the case. It is only five-10 per cent of the dengue patients who need hospital care. Cases become severe because of late screening as dengue kits are very expensive,” Dr Bansal added.

The New Delhi Municipal Council area did not see any dengue case in the last week. However, according to an NDMC official, more fever cases are being reported in the last few days. “These are mostly usual viral fever cases which are common during monsoon,” said the official.   

Meanwhile, the north corporation has issued notices to nine VIP buildings, including Delhi Technical University, BSES and DDA offices, among others for breeding of mosquitoes.

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s anti-malaria department has issued these ‘VIP challans’ to CISF Inspector Quarter in  Rohini, DSIIDC office, Punjab and Sindh Bank in Rohini, DTC Depot in Shadipur, among other institutions. An official of the north corporation said these buildings have been issued a notice and warning.

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s public health department visited 1,40,05,913 houses to check domestic breeding of mosquitoes. It found breeding of mosquitoes in 24,414 spots and issued legal notice to 25,579 houses.

The department has issued challans to 2,371 houses for mosquitogenic conditions.

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