Dengue scare: 1900 fresh cases reported,12 deaths shock Delhi

Twelve people died of dengue and over 1,900 fresh cases have been reported in the past one week alone, taking this month’s total to nearly 3,000 even as both Delhi and central governments continued their efforts to contain the disease in the city, which is facing its worst outbreak in the past six years.

According to official figure release, a total of 3,791 people were affected by dengue till September 19 while 17 of them have succumbed to it. The total number of deaths due to dengue, as given by individual hospitals, is 22.

As hospitals in the city remained flooded with dengue patients, the Centre reviewed various preventive and clinical management measures to deal with the situation in Delhi. Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha held a meeting with senior officials of central and Delhi government, NDMC and MCD, and extended all support and assistance.

The latest victim of dengue was a 36-year-old woman from east Delhi who passed away last night at a private hospital. Out of the total number of cases reported till September 19, at least 2,960 were reported this month only.

A total of 1,919 new cases were reported last week alone marking a rise of over 102 per cent compared to previous week, as per weekly figures released by the MCD. As per available records, the situation in the current year till September is the worst in the past six years.

In 2010, as many as 6,259 total cases were recorded and only eight deaths were officially reported throughout the year. Till September 19, 2010, the number of total cases was 2,728, more than a thousand less than reported during the same period this year.

In the same duration, 75 cases were registered in 2014 while in 2013 it stood at 1,355. Over 30 cases were recorded in 2012 while 2011 saw 189 cases. Out of the total cases, north Delhi recorded the highest at 1,293, south Delhi at 1,074 while east Delhi posted the lowest with 393 cases. Of all civic zones in the city, Rohini Zone of North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) has recorded the highest number with 291 cases.

Health Minister J P Nadda also reviewed the treatment facilities for dengue patients in major central government-run hospitals including AIIMS, Safdarjung and RML Hospital. He reviewed the status of adequacy of diagnostic test kits and other facilities in these hospitals and asked them to submit the status report on dengue on a daily basis.

He also went to Sucheta Kriplani Hospital and Kalawati Saran hospitals under Lady Hardinge Hospital to monitor the situation. Battling rising number of dengue cases, Delhi government has converted 55 government-run dispensaries into ‘Fever and Dengue Clinics’. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain also reviewed the situation as he held a meeting with three MCD commissioners and directed them to take all possible steps to contain the dengue-causing mosquitoes.

These clinics, which started operation today, will run from 7 am to 9 pm on all days, including Sundays and holidays, till further orders.  The city government had also decided to immediately increase 795 beds in 48 new private hospitals and nursing homes on a temporary basis by granting them provisional registration certificates for three months.

Government has also added 400 beds to its existing capacity to deal with the situation. The MCDs have intensified fogging across Delhi as fresh showers have stoked fears of dengue cases flaring up. The Union Health Ministry has issued an advisory to Delhi government to “intensify” measures to check the breeding of mosquitoes.

Till September 19, the number of houses found positive for mosquito breeding stands at 1,87,691 while number of prosecution launched in the same period is 16,999, according to South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which compiles the report on behalf of all civic bodies.

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