Malaria cases cross 225 mark in Capital
Even after civic agencies initiated eco friendly measures besides, routine spraying and fogging to check the vector-borne diseases in the national Capital, the cases of dengue, chikungunya and malaria have reached to alarming levels.
According to the status report of Municipal Corporations released on Monday, the total number of malaria cases has reached 225, with 49 cases reported this month. The total number of dengue and chikungunya cases recorded this year till July 15 are 150 and 183 respectively.
Seventeen fresh cases of dengue and 12 of chikungunya were recorded in the last week, the report said. Of the 183 chikungunya cases, 122 of the affected people were residents of Delhi while the rest of the cases were traced to other States. 22 cases of dengue have been reported this month, while 15 were recorded in June.
Authorities fear that the number of cases may rise as the season for the vector-borne diseases begins from mid-July and generally lasts till November-end.
Cases of all the three vector-borne diseases have been reported much earlier this time, which doctors have attributed to early arrival of monsoon.
Dengue and chikungunya are caused by bite of aedes aegypti mosquito, which breeds in clear water, while anopheles mosquito, which causes malaria, can breed in both fresh and muddy water.
Breeding of mosquitoes has been reported at 58,753 households in Delhi, according to the report.
The Delhi Government had on June 23 issued instructions to state-run and private hospitals and nursing homes to increase their bed capacity by up to 20 per cent for the next six months to deal with a possible outbreak of dengue and chikungunya.
The Government has banned over-the-counter sale of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and brufen as their use may "pose a threat" to dengue and chikungunya patients.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had last month directed the authorities to make a comprehensive plan in the matter, while civic bodies are trying to combat the menace of mosquito breeding, in and out of homes, through regular monitoring.
Though the season of vector-borne diseases had ended in December, the city continued to report such cases, prompting authorities to prepare a combat plan.
Six cases of dengue were reported in January, four in February, 11 in March and as many in April.
As many as 4,431 cases of dengue were reported till the end of 2016. On May 13, Kejriwal had chaired a high-level meeting of officers from the three municipal corporations and the Delhi Government to discuss plans to eliminate vector-borne diseases in the national capital.
Till January 14, only two chikungunya cases were reported, while no dengue case had been diagnosed till then.
At least 15 fatalities were reported last year at various hospitals in the city due to complications triggered by chikungunya though the civic bodies have kept the death tally at zero.
At least 21 deaths due to dengue were reported last year at various hospitals, including nine at AIIMS, though the official tally of the SDMC stood at 10.
Seventeen suspected deaths in 2016 due to malaria were also reported by the civic bodies. In one of the worst outbreaks, a total of 12,221 chikungunya cases were reported in Delhi till December 24, 2016, out of which 9,749 were confirmed.
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