Two die of dengue in Batla House
OT, October 17, 2012 04:56 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Batla House, AFE
Two people, including a young girl, have died of dengue in H block of Batla House.
A resident of Batla House, Ghufran Rumi, confirmed the report to OKHLATIMES and said some residents are fretting over the report of two deaths in a lane because of dengue, fearing the return of 2010.
“The girl died on way to hospital. I know of these two cases. But there are many cases I know where residents have complained of dengue, malaria and viral fever. Many cases have gone unreported,” he said.
In G block of Abul Fazal Enclave, some six people suffered from the viral fever.
Nitu from MCD malaria department told OKHLATIMES many cases of malaria and dengue have been spotted from ward number 206 and hence the corporation has unrolled a door-to-door campaign in the area.
A group of MCD officials were seen visiting flats and interacting with residents. In G 71 of AFE alone some three cases of malaria and dengue have surfaced in the last few days, she said.
People don’t keep surroundings clean
It is not only Okhla where cases of dengue have gone up.
Till now some 400 official dengue cases have been reported in Delhi. Of them the South Delhi Municipal Corporation tops the list with around 150 cases.
According to rough estimate, around 30 cases of dengue are surfacing on daily basis.
To contain the spread of vector born disease, the government has unleashed house-to-house fogging drive. But in some areas the drive is not taking place on regular basis.
Rumi said: “Today was the first time that fogging took place. I think fogging is good but it is not a solution in the area where even basic civic amenities are not available.
“The area is not clean and with water logging a perennial issue it is difficult to contain the spread of disease. In my lane stagnated water has been there for the last one week and nobody is bothered. A resident, who lives in Jama Masjid, had water boring next door and left everything like that, creating lots of problem. The mud has been piled-up outside the nearby mosque and since that day water has been logging outside. When residents went to his home to convey the message they found his house locked.”
Rumi blamed some residents for ruining the locality and said with no help coming from the authorities the best thing is to take precaution.
Also she requested residents to keep their water tank covered, regularly remove water from coolers, clean the area of stagnant water and avoid dumping of garbage in the open.
Those who suffer from fever have been urged not to take antibiotics.
Dr Ziaul Haque said during fever patients should increase fluid intake and only take paracetamol.
“If fever doesn’t subside then go for blood test that too after a few days. Initially it is difficult to find out the cause of the fever. The situation of platelets is only known after two days.”
CAPTION: Waterlogged at H block of Batla House (OT Photo)
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