After reports surfaced in the media about death of a 12-year-old boy from Bihar from dengue being touted as the first incident in Delhi, residents in Okhla are deeply concerned as they still remember how last year several deaths were reported from the locality.
According to report released by three municipal corporations of Delhi on Monday, a boy identified as Nitish Kumar, who hailed from Bihar and was residing in Safdarjung area in south Delhi died at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. South Delhi Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat also confirmed it.
Till August 19, it has been revealed 153 fresh cases of dengue, 50 cases of malaria and 44 fresh cases of chikungunya.
Authorities at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said: “The boy was brought to the hospital on July 30 and died due to dengue haemorrhagic fever on August 1.”
From this year too residents in Okhla were concerned and an activist even launched a campaign to collect data of people to convince the government to look after this locality on priority basis. However, it appears that nothing like this happened.
Though till now no death due to dengue has been reported from the locality residents said many people are down with high and viral fever. In Batla House, a whole family was down on high fever.
With waterlogging during monsoon, many residents fear that the situation provides ground for mosquito breeding.
To address the situation, the Government too has taken steps. A special train — Terminator — was launched on Friday from platform number 1 of the New Delhi Railway station with the sole purpose to spray insecticides along railway tracks in the city.
“These trains will be effective in controlling vector-borne diseases as there are several slum clusters along the tracks which are vulnerable to mosquito breeding,”Divisional railway manager, Delhi, Arun Arora, said.
Okhla residents too should take precautionary measures to stop mosquito breeding in their surrounding by keeping the locality clean and free from waterlogging.