For the first time since 1996, dengue cases crossed the 10,000 mark in the capital with the municipal corporations confirming 10,683 cases till October 10 this year. Municipal corporations have also confirmed 30 deaths so far. The worst dengue outbreak was in 1996 with 10,252 cases and 423 deaths. However, hospitals are reporting a definite dip in cases since the last two weeks.
Dr Atul Gogia, senior consultant at Sir Ganga Ram hospital, said, “Over the last two weeks, we have seen a definite dip in confirmed cases of dengue. Both in the out-patient department and in our admissions, there is a decline in dengue patients.”
Dr Puneeta Mahajan, medical superintendent of Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospital said, “Our wards and dengue management facilities are running as before. While confirmed cases of dengue have gone down over the last two weeks, we are still seeing a lot of fever cases. So we are examining every patient and have kept our dengue and fever wards still open.”
With swine flu cases also being reported last week, Delhi government hospitals have been instructed to open isolation wards and double the number of beds from last year for swine flu. The health department has also purchased over 1 lakh stock of Oseltamivir or Tamiflu.
With the temperature dipping, health department officials said dengue cases are likely to go down further. “We see cases receding from October and in another month we will hardly see any cases. Other virals like influenza and H1N1, which grow in cold temperatures, start surfacing from November usually,” said a senior health department official. According to municipal reports, over 3,000 cases of dengue have been reported in the last one week. September alone has seen 6,775 cases, also the highest in the last six years. In 2014, till October 10,158 dengue cases were registered while in 2013, it stood at 3,298. Out of the total cases this year, North Delhi recorded the highest at 2,307, South Delhi at 2,432 while East Delhi posted the lowest with 1,413 cases. Of all civic zones in the city, the South corporation’s Najafgarh zone recorded the highest number with 808 cases. Nearly 590 cases were reported from areas outside the jurisdiction of Delhi, while 641 cases addresses given by patients in hospital records could not be verified by municipal authorities.
Last year, the city had reported three deaths and recorded nearly 1,000 cases.
Till October 10, the number of houses with mosquito-breeding sites stood at 2,16,870 while those prosecuted are 20,670.