Chikungunya toll rises to 13; Northern railways on a disease terminating mission!

Chikungunya and dengue have a strong hold over the national capital and the number of fatalities due to complications from chikungunya have risen to 13.

The Centre today sought a detailed report from the Delhi government on deaths due to it and dengue, including the medical history of the deceased.

On September 12, a Lajpat Nagar resident Gulab Chand Gupta (70) died due to the virus, a family member said. “He was admitted at Pushpawati Singhania Research Institute (PSRI) in south Delhi on September 7 and succumbed to chikungunya complications five days later.

His medical report says he died of acute febrile illness with septic shock and multi-organ failure,” his son-in-law Santosh Mangal said.

This season, 12 deaths have been reported till yesterday, including five each at Apollo Hospital and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH), while one death each at AIIMS and Hindu Rao Hospital.

Together, chikungunya and dengue have claimed at least 31 lives and affected nearly 3,000 people in Delhi. 18 people have died of dengue which has affected over 1,100 people in the city. “We have asked for a detailed report on the deaths due to the vector-borne diseases in the city.

One of the latest actions being taken against the mosquito-borne diseases is a joint collaboration between Delhi’s civic bodies and Northern Railways, through which, a ‘terminator’ train mounted with spraying machines to target insects will now be pressed into action in Delhi to combat the diseases.

As per reports, this move will spring into action from September 23rd and continue for two months, with an interval of two weeks.

Furthermore, as per the plan, an insecticide spraying machine will be mounted on the last wagon of the special train, which will then make its rounds through the NCR. The sprayers can sanitise up to a distance of 50-60 meters from the tracks, reports said.

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