Okhla residents, who had battled vector-borne disease, are getting ready to tackle the disease with reports surfacing that nearly 90 cases of chikungunya and 36 of dengue have been reported in the national Capital this year.
According to a municipal report released on Monday, 36 cases of dengue have also been reported till May 13. A report of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation has claimed that as many as 4,431 cases of dengue were reported till the end of 2016. Okhla was the worst hit with several people reportedly losing lives due to the deadly disease.
And keeping this in mind, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal a few days ago had told officials to make the city mosquito free. “Delhi will be made mosquito-free. We will have to get rid of mosquito-borne diseases. It will be made a people’s movement. It is only possible with people’s participation,” Kejriwal had tweeted. Besides, the CM had written a letter to Union Health Minister J P Nadda, requesting him to reserve 10 per cent of the beds in the Central government-run hospitals for the treatment of dengue and chikungunya patients.
On April 29, Lt Governor Anil Baijal had told the Delhi government-run LNJP Hospital to keep beds ready for dengue and chikungunya patients in the event of an outbreak of the vector-borne diseases in the city.
It is not known out of these cases, how many took place in Okhla as there is no data available.