A Jamia Nagar-based youth leader survived dengue scare. It was only a few days ago when Sarwar Iqbal Khan was down with fever. “I am thankful to Allah that I have recovered. It was a few days ago when I fall down during my visit to a place in Batla House. I rushed to a local doctor and after test I came to know that my platelets were down. After taking rest I recovered. For days took nourishment to recover and the doctor suggested me bed rest to recover from dengue,” Khan told OT.COM.
Khan is not the only case as several residents are down with high fever; some residents call it viral at a time when reports are surfacing in the media about cases of dengue and malaria from other parts of Delhi.
A few days ago an activist Kaleem Hafiz was hospitalized in Escorts Fortis after he was down with swine flu, according to his close associate Rizwan Khan.
This year around it is not only dengue that has been the cause of concern for residents, as reports are emanating of people suffering from chikungunya and moreover, malaria is also expected to strike harder this year. Going by the municipal corporations of Delhi (MCDs) data, hospitals across the city have already reported 945 cases of dengue with one death, 339 cases of chikungunya and 516 cases of malaria.
Okhla residents still remember how several people had died of dengue last year. And looking at the situation, it was hoped that sanitation situation like waterlogging in the locality would be addressed but many Shaheen Bagh residents have lamented that with nothing like this happening the locality has turned out to be breeding ground for mosquitoes.