Alarming rise in dengue cases in Delhi
New Delhi: With dengue cases assuming alarming proportions, the civic bodies in Delhi have claimed to have found 1,75,051 houses positive for mosquito breeding while 15,724 prosecutions have been launched this year, as part of their drives against the vector-borne disease.
According to a municipal report released on Tuesday, the total number of cases this year till September 12 has been pegged at 1,872, with 1,041 patients tested positive in this month itself.
The rising number of cases have put the three municipal corporations on their toes.
North Delhi Mayor Ravinder Gupta today claimed that the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) was taking all possible measures to deal with the increasing number of dengue cases in its jurisdiction.
He said that to further strengthen the services, staff at the fever clinic have been increased so that more number of dengue patients can be treated efficiently, and more technical staff have been deployed in pathology laboratories, among other measures.
"Last night, 768 patients reported in the casualty department for suspected dengue fever in Hindu Rao hospital alone, where so far 1,322 cases have been admitted," he said.
The dengue scare has called in question the role of civic bodies in containing the deadly disease, as official death toll from it on Tuesday mounted to five, while three cases remain in suspected dengue death category.