Dengue count rises to 116, health Minister meets civic agencies


New Delhi: Even as 18 patients tested positive for dengue on Thursday — the highest for a single day this season — Health Minister Dr A K Walia directed the city’s municipal corporations to intensify anti-larval sprays and deploy more vehicles for fogging. The total number of dengue cases in the city now stands at 116.
Speaking to Newsline, Dr Walia said he was regularly in touch with the three municipal corporations.

“We held a meeting three days ago about controlling the spread of dengue in the city. I have asked them to intensify anti-larval sprays in the city, deploy more vehicles for fogging and also increase the frequency of house-to-house checks,” Walia said.

He said he would hold another meeting within a week to take stock of the situation.

So far, 48 people have tested positive from areas under the North municipal corporation, while the South corporation has reported 43 cases this season. The East corporation has seen 16 confirmed cases of dengue so far. Three of these patients are from neighbouring states. Over 65 of the 116 cases were reported in September alone.

However, senior Health department officials said the numbers were higher this year only because of better reporting.

“All hospitals in Delhi have been directed to ensure accurate reporting of such cases. There are also certain tests which have been made compulsory and this has also helped in diagnosing the viral disease faster.”

Dr Walia had earlier this week warned that health officials would be held liable if breeding spots in their area go untreated.

At least 11 patients have tested positive for chickungunya this season, while over 800 cases of malaria were reported in September.

Civic officials said the reported cases still remain the lowest in a decade, and the strain of the infections, particularly in the case of dengue was a mild one.

Source Financial express

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