35 dengue cases in city last month, highest for July in past 15 years

The number of dengue cases in July has crossed 35, an all-time high for the month in the past 15 years.  The municipal corporations said that an analysis revealed that 65 per cent dengue cases have been reported among people aged 15 to 45 years.

Officials with the East Corporation said there is a need to pay attention at workplaces as well as residential areas to prevent vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria.
“Citizens’ cooperation is essential in checking breeding of mosquitoes,” said East Corporation commissioner Amit Yadav.

He appealed to the administrative heads of all government and autonomous bodies, education institutions amd market associations to initiate steps to prevent mosquito breeding.

He said effective control of the disease is not possible until appropriate steps are taken simultaneously in residential areas and in offices or commercial complexes to prevent mosquito breeding.

The East Delhi Municipal Commissioner asked citizens to ensure that overhead and other water tanks be kept covered, coolers be cleaned daily and petrol be put in those coolers that cannot be emptied.

“Collection of stagnant water should not be allowed inside or outside offices premise and if the same does take place, a little quantity of kerosene or diesel may be put in places. Empty containers, drums, pots and old tyres should not be left in the open,” he added.
Yadav said coolers designed by the National Centre for Disease Control should be used instead of conventional room coolers as their use has been recommended by the  Directorate of National Vector-Borne Disease Control Programme.

“These coolers may be purchased from agencies registered with National Research Development Corporation (NRDC),” he added. The commissioner said that under the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Malaria and Other Vector-Borne Diseases) By-Laws, 1975, creating mosquitogenic conditions and failure to take specified preventive measures is punishable.
DH News Service

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