Jamia Nagar, a deprived locality of Delhi and home to five lakh people lacking basic amenities with piled-up garbage on roadsides and water logged streets, is battling dengue outbreak with several residents down with dengue fever.
According to a resident, Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan’s two closest aides, Firoz and Zoha Sh are down with dengue and are hospitalised, said sources.
A close family friend of Zoha said his condition was bad yesterday as platelet was down, but now he has improved.
Informing residents, Mahmood Ahmad wrote that Firoz’s wife is admitted in Apollo hospital undergoing treatment and pray for his recovery.
Several residents are hospitalised and the situation is such that getting seats in local hospitals are an uphill task. Most of hospitals are running short of beds. Syed Ali, who was hospitalised in Holy Family hospital after suffering high fever, said the situation was really bad as beds are full and there are long queue.
Till now four deaths have been recorded in Delhi and of them three are from Okhla, which residents claim is high attributing the spurt in dengue cases to open nallah in Abul Fazal Enclave, dumping of garbage on roadsides and water logged streets in the locality.
It was only a few days ago when MLA Khan’s sister-in-law, a resident of AFE, had died of dengue. Recently, a boy of AFE too succumbed to the deadly dengue. A girl has reported to have died of dengue in Shaheen Bagh. Residents said a few more deaths have taken place in the locality of dengue but have not been reported a claim that OKHLATIMES was unable to establish independently.
Many residents recall the 2010 dengue breakout in the locality.
The civic agency blames rampant illegal construction in the area for large scale breeding found of dengue and other disease-causing mosquitoes.