Residents battle malaria, dengue and viral fever
OT, September 9, 2012 13:18 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Okhla
It is time of the year when staying healthy is a big challenge for many residents in Jamia Nagar that lacks basic civic facilities. Since the arrival of monsoon cases of malaria, dengue and viral fever have gone up with local hospitals including Holy Family, Al Shifa and others chock-a-block with patients, confirm doctors and residents.
Ghazia Khanam, who took his five-year-old niece to Al Shifa a few days ago, says the hospital is house full. “When my niece complained of headache I got concerned. The next day he had mild fever 100 only. I rushed him to the hospital where doctor confirmed that he was suffering from viral fever.
“Once the fever was down he complained of pain in muscles. After blood test it was found that the amount of CPK (Creatine kinase (CK), also known as creatine phosphokinase (CPK) or phospho-creatine kinase an enzyme (EC 22.214.171.124) expressed by various tissues and cell types has increased. Now he has recovered. But since then I know many people falling ill. It is all because of the dirty environment. Water logging and piled-up garbage on roadsides have led to mushrooming of mosquitoes. We are to be blamed for the spread of diseases. I pray that others don’t fall ill.”
Dr Z Haque says the situation is really bad.
“More cases of malaria have surfaced in the locality this year. Dengue and viral fever cases too have gone up. Residents have to be careful and stay away from mosquito. Make sure that water is not logged in your surrounding and there is cleanliness.”
But is this possible in Jamia Nagar where not only authorities and politicians but residents too are to be blamed for dumping waste outside their houses. Water logging is a common thing.
Of late some residents have started placing their AC outside their flats with water dipping in the street all day, leading to water logging and mushrooming of mosquitoes.
Come monsoon residents are worried as chances of people getting malaria, dengue and viral fever are high in this locality whose open nallah in Abul Fazal Enclave never gets cleaned.
Fahima Bano said since coming to this area I have been residing in this area in fear. “Two years ago my grandson suffered from dengue. Then he got typhoid and this year he suffered from viral fear. Despite keeping my house clean he gets ill. I really don’t know what to do. Now the only option left is move from this hell hole to a better clean locality,” she says.
Many cases of dengue, malaria and viral fever were reported from the locality last year. And this year also the situation rather than improving has deteriorated. But is anybody bothered? Will any organization launch a cleanliness drive? Will the mosque priest give Friday sermon on cleanliness?
PHOTO CAPTION: Dr Haque at his clinic in Zakir Nagar
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