Delhi: 46 malaria, 30 dengue cases reported this season
(Sourced from PTI)
At least six fresh cases of malaria have been reported during the past week in Delhi, taking the total number of people affected by the vector-borne disease this season to 46, according to a municipal report released today. Only two fresh cases of dengue, another vector-borne disease, were reported in Delhi between June 23-30, meaning malaria continues to spread faster than dengue in Delhi.
Of the 46 malaria cases, 25 were reported in June, 17 in May, one each in April and March, and two in February. Of the total 30 dengue cases this season, six were reported in January, three in February, one in March, two in April, 10 in May, and eight in June, according to the report released by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation.
The SDMC tabulates data on vector-borne diseases for the entire city. Two fresh cases of chikungunya have been reported in the last week of June, taking its total to 16. "People must take all precautions, like wearing full-sleeved clothes and not allowing breeding of mosquito larvae inside homes. Mosquito nets should be used at home," a senior doctor at a government-run hospital said.
The cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between July and November, but the period may stretch to mid-December. No vector-borne disease case was reported till January 13. The report said domestic breeding checkers have found mosquito-breeding in 42,547 households in the city till June 30. It said 48,521 legal notices have been served for various violations and 3,506 prosecutions have been initiated.
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on June 28 has directed local bodies and other agencies to intensify vector control measures. The L-G also asked for regular review meetings at the level of district magistrates with all stakeholders to review the situation in their respective districts. Overall, the vector-borne dengue disease has affected 9,271 people in the city last year.
Ten people died due to dengue in Delhi last year, according to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation. Five of the victims were not Delhi residents, but they died in the national capital.
The number of malaria and chikungunya cases reported last year stood at 1,142 and 940, respectively. The official death-toll till December 26 stood at four. Dengue, the mosquito-borne tropical disease claimed its first victim in Delhi last year on August 1 when a 12-year-old boy died of dengue shock syndrome at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. Three more deaths were reported in October by SDMC.