The mosquito-borne infections — chikungunya and dengue — continue to grip the national capital, with a total of 1,331 testing positive for the infection this season. The capital, which has now recorded over a 60 per cent increase in the number of dengue cases compared to last week, has seen four persons succumbing to dengue, according to official figures.
According to the latest MCD data, Delhi has recorded 771 cases of dengue and 560 cases of chikungunya till September 3 – which means that the capital recorded 284 cases of dengue and 137 cases of chikungunya in just one week. A 25-year-old woman, Iram Khan, who was a resident of Jamia Nagar in South Delhi, became the fourth victim to succumb to dengue on August 31, officials said. Areas under the SDMC, which also includes Jamia Nagar, have continued to record the most number cases of dengue — a total of 367 cases this year. The south zone under the SDMC has seen the maximum cases — a total of 39 cases of dengue this week.
Meanwhile, the densely populated region under the jurisdiction of the SDMC continues to top the list of the number of cases recorded positive for chikungunya. Sixty-three out 560 cases have been recorded from this area — with the south zone under the SDMC and that includes areas like Sangam Vihar and Ambedkar Nagar — with as many as 21 cases testing positive for viral infection. The number of chikungunya cases reported in Delhi shot up by over 20 times last week. While 20 cases were reported as of August 20, the figure rose to 423 cases by August 27.
SDMC launches 12 free mobile clinics
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation Monday launched 12 free mobile clinics with an aim to prevent the spread of dengue, chikungunya and other viral fevers. The clinics will reach out to patients in all localities, including J.J. Clusters, rehabilitation and unauthorised colonies.
Mayor Shyam Sharma said each zone of the civic body will get three mobile fever clinics, which will provide medicines for three days to all patients and will move around the assigned localities on a daily basis. “Each clinic carries necessary supplies like paracetamol and other medicines. Besides, a team of a doctor and a nurse will travel in those vehicles,” Leader of House in SDMC, Subhash Arya told PTI.
Standing Committee chairman Shailendra Singh stated that the Public Health Department has made elaborate arrangements to ensure the success of this initiative. “It is expected that patients will get treatment at their doorstep and they will not have to rush to crowded hospitals,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)