In Delhi, there have been 2,569 fresh cases of dengue in one week, South Delhi Municipal Corporation stated in its weekly report which had released on Monday. The total number of dengue cases now are 5,277, which is recorded to be the highest in Delhi in the last five years. Out of the 2,569 cases that were reported, 1,772 cases were from the 3 corporations and the rest from New Delhi Municipal Council, Railway areas, and Delhi Cantonment. There are 470 cases recorded which are recorded from outside Delhi and are not added in the total number of cases. The north corporation has recorded 808 cases whereas the south corporation has recorded 781. The east corporation has recorded 183 cases within a span of a week. There have been nine deaths recorded yet due to dengue.
Delhi government have made it compulsory for all the health facilities to report cases directly to the administration in the city, under the epidemic act. Hence, the old cases are also being recorded.
According to health experts, three primary reasons are stated behind the rise in the number of dengue cases. Firstly, the four-year trend of dengue where every fourth year, there is major outbreak of this disease. Secondly, monsoon that went for so many days, which resulted in stagnation of water in different parts of Delhi which led to the increase in mosquito breeding and lastly, the disease has been informed by the government and thus, all clinics, hospitals, and labs must immediately report dengue cases to the authorities.
“Some instances of repeat cases and mismatch in data have also come to the fore,” as stated by a corporation’s health department official.
In a meeting that was held with the state health secretary, health officials from all the bodies in local discussed the increase in the number of cases, includes the issue of old and repeat cases which is reported by private hospitals, stated by an official who had attended the meeting.
However, there is a ray of hope among the officials that the number of dengue cases might go down in the coming two weeks.