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Dengue has arrived; first case reported in Okhla

The deadly dengue has arrived in Okhla, the most deprived locality of Delhi. Reports have surfaced about a case of dengue being reported in the locality in the national Capital.

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Confirming this development, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) spokesperson Mukesh Yadav told IANS: “A child aged between 5-6 years from Ekhan locality of Okhla was diagnosed with dengue and is being treated at AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences).”

Dengue has been a cause of worry many resident in Delhi. If go by the data from the health ministry then the disease had claimed 60 lives in the city last year. A few deaths even took place in Okhla. A small girl had died of the disease in Abul Fazal Enclave. About 15,867 cases of dengue were reported in 2015.

The spread of the disease in Okhla has been attributed to perennial water logging and lack of basic civic facilities. And as the season has arrived again, the SDMC has promised to take a few dengue awareness campaigns in the locality, but it is not know how affective it is going to be.

“It is disturbing news. There are lot mosquito breeding sites in the locality and with very little care being taken to penalize such people and private institutions, there are fears that the number of people getting dengue may rise in coming days and months,” said Nasimur Rahman.

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