22 dengue cases reported in July; water-logging can make it worse in Okhla. Deadly dengue has arrived. A municipal report released today has claimed that the season till now has seen at least 50 cases and of which 22 cases have been reported in July in Delhi. Between July 9 and 16, the city has recorded 11 fresh cases of the disease that spreads with weather getting wet.
It is not known how many cases have been reported from Okhla but the report has left many residents deeply worried in Okhla and other parts of the city as the disease this year has arrived rather early and relatively in large numbers. Moreover, there are fears that with the prevailing water logging in parts of the locality that the disease might claim more victims this time around. Residents still remember that how a few years ago dengue outbreak had left residents scarred with local hospitals chock-a-block with patients.
“We don’t know how to deal with the disease in Okhla, the deprived locality that during monsoon is in a mess with water logging across the locality. Also, the area is in a mess with piled-up garbage dumped in the open. Residents should do something to address the situation as soon as possible otherwise it would be too late,” said resident Naseem Ur Rahman.
To tackle with the situation, the city Government has decided to set up Fever Clinics in Delhi and offer free dengue treatment. Addressing a news conference, Delhi unit party secretary Dilip Pandey said: “We have approached private medical practitioners in Delhi who can treatment patients free of cost. Teams have been formed to work on it. As of now, we are opening 30 clinics and the number is likely to increase up to 60-70 clinics. We should make the list public by the end of the week. The load on hospitals will come down after these clinics become functional.”
Besides, the civic agencies that have come under attack for doing little to address the situation have been founding sending their workers in localities to create awareness. Also, they have started anti-dengue fogging drive. Violators are being penalized so as to make sure that dengue mosquitoes don’t breed.