Dengue shows no sign of ebbing
OT, October 22, 2012 03:49 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Okhla
Dengue continues to be the biggest worry for residents in Delhi, including Okhla, after 35 new cases were reported in the capital city on Sunday. Till now some 652 people have suffered from dengue.
Two people died of dengue in Batla House a few days ago. And the recent victim of dengue in Mumbai has been legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra. Besides, the vector-borne disease has devoured lives of two children in other parts of Delhi.
With cases rising each passing day, the Congress led city government has fired the first salvo at the BJP-ruled MCD. Delhi Health Minister Ashok Kumar Walia said: “As far as the Delhi Government is concerned, there is no shortage of blood and beds in the hospital. We have now directed them to remove malba and challan those institutions, offices and residences where breeding is found.”
Since the end of monsoon, malaria, viral fever and dengue cases have gone up. In G block of Abul Fazal Enclave, some six cases of malaria have been reported, according to officials. And the authorities have started house-to-house fogging. But still the efforts have not yielded positive results with most of the local hospitals full.
Doctors at 300-bed capacity super-specialty al-Shifa hospital confirmed that they have been receiving about seven patients on daily basis suffering from high fever. Holy Family hospital too is houseful with the management adjusting new patients with great difficulties.
Despite these developments, residents have been assured that things would calm down November onwards. With monsoon beginning late, the months of September and October have seen surge in malaria and dengue cases, according to officials.
Ever year Delhi is hit by dengue and malaria cases. In 2010, the situation in Okhla was bad with many dengue cases surfacing. This year also the situation is not too good. But there is no need to panic.
Dr Walia said: “We want to assure Delhiites that there is no need to panic.”
Moreover, residents are also to be blamed for keeping their surroundings dirty with water logging and piled-up garbage an order of the day.
Resident Jawed Iqbal Khan said residents should understand that keeping their area clean is important that too at a time when vector-borne disease.
“Special care should be taken to remove stagnated water as it is the source of mosquito breeding. If we take care half the problem is solved. What I find is that everybody is talking about malaria, dengue and viral fever but people are not ready to take precautionary measures. Most of the streets are dirty with water logging and garbage piled up,” he said.
The best thing to bring an end to such thing is penalize residents who contribute in dumping garbage on roadside and water logging, he claimed.
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