Drive pushed dengue count to 5-yr low: Jain

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Drive pushed dengue count to 5-yr low: Jain

Tuesday, 05 November 2019 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

Delhi has reported lowest number of patients suffering from dengue in the last five years due to mass awareness campaign '10Hafte 10Baje 10Minute' against mosquito breeding being carried out by the Delhi Government, said Health Minister Satyendar Jain.

According to the latest data at least 236 cases of dengue reported in a week, taking the number to 1,069 this year compared to 1,595 last year. The number of malaria cases has risen to 617 till November 2. Out of total malaria cases, 47 cases have been recorded last week, while September saw 214 cases.

Jain said as per latest figures show that so far there have been 1,069 cases of dengue in Delhi this year and there has been no casualty. This is the lowest figure for Delhi in the last five years," he said.

The Health Minister appreciated the collective efforts of Delhiites in keeping up the awareness for prevention of vector borne diseases during this season and appealed to the people to continue their efforts for next few days.

"Delhi is well on course to defeat dengue this year. I appeal to everyone to keep up the prevention and awareness efforts for next few weeks," Jain said.

The data shows that there has been a steady decline in cases of dengue in Delhi since 2015, when the disease outbreak had claimed 60 lives, but this year Delhi has controlled dengue beyond all expectations, and even the final number of cases is expected to be very low, he said.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had launched the mega dengue prevention awareness campaign on September 1 titled — 10 Hafte, 10 Baje, 10 Minute — and during the next seven Sundays the campaign has been continuing across Delhi with people from all walks of life actively participating in it.

The Chief Minister has appealed to the people of  Delhi to remain alert till 15th November. The key to prevention of dengue is ensuring there is no clean stagnant water in homes and around, which does not allow the Aedes mosquitoes to breed, and therefore dengue cannot spread, he added.

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