Keep streets clean to avoid mushrooming of mosquitoes
OT, December 15, 2011 09:01 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Okhla
As mercury drops in Delhi, hospitals too relatively go quiet. The biggest relief for Okhla residents is that cases of mosquito-borne disease have decreased. But doctors have cautioned residents that a few months back were battling dengue not to get complacent and keep their surroundings clean so that mosquitoes could not mushroom.
Latest MCD report shows that cases of dengue that were being reported on daily basis until November have come down to three and four. This has been confirmed by MCD health committee chairman Dr VK Monga. He tells reporters: "In the past 24 hours, some three people have tested positive for dengue fever. With this the total count of dengue cases in the city has risen to 1,114."
Many people in Okhla had suffered from dengue fever. Most of the hospitals in the locality, including newly launched 300-bed super-specialty hospital Al-Shifa, were full with such patients. The main reason for the spread of dengue has been mushrooming of mosquitoes in the locality with most of the sewage overflowing and garbage piling up on roadsides.
A few death cases were also reported due to dengue fever in Delhi and other areas.
However, the latest worry for residents has been surfacing of chikungunya cases, another mosquito-borne disease. Over all the disease has led to death of 100 patients in Delhi. Moreover, Japanese Encephalitis that is common in Uttar Pradesh, too raised its head with some four patients being tested positive in October.
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