With the season of vector-borne disease reaching and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal calling a meeting with his Ministers, all civic bodies and medical superintendents of hospitals on May 13 to review the preparedness for dealing with dengue and chikungunya, many residents in Okhla are living in fear.
It is to be noted that last year several people had died of dengue in the locality. Moreover there were cases of several dengue deaths in one lane. A few national dailies had done stories too with one daily giving a huge coverage.
Though no cases have been reported in the locality, data available shows that till April 15 this year, 27 cases of dengue and 79 chikungunya cases have been reported from the national Capital.
Last year, 4,431 cases of dengue and 7,760 cases of chikungunya were reported.
“Once again the season is arriving and many residents are worried a lot about the well-being of their beloved one. Though nobody was down with dengue in my house last year but I came to learn from neighbours that some children even died of the disease. Just next lane from my house, a child died of dengue. I can understand the pain as two years ago my small son had suffered from dengue. Let’s hope that the situation improves this year and fogging is done in advance so that mosquito breeding is stopped and residents are safe,” said Rozy, a stay-at-home mother.