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Health scare: Monsoon sparks fears of dengue, malaria

Health scare: Monsoon sparks fears of dengue, malaria
The figure is alarming as the number of cases is increasing. Only 3 confirmed cases had been registered from January 1 to July 4 in 2010, five in the same period in 2011; five, nine and 16 in 2012, 2013 and 2014, respectively.

However, it should be noted that the total number of confirmed cases in 2014 stood at 995, which was a drop of 4,579 cases from 2013. The total number of cases in 2013 stood at 5,574. Keeping this in mind, one can hope that the number of cases will not increase substantially this year.

The Corporations are also doing their best to check the spread of dengue and malaria. Regular awareness programmes are being conducted in all areas of the Municipal Corporations in order to make people aware of measure to check the spread of the diseases. 

Civic bodies claim that fogging has been intensified across the national Capital. 

The Centre, too, has taken initiatives to check the spread of the water-borne diseases, with Union Health Minister JP Nadda holding meetings with the medical superintendents of government hospitals. 
According to Ministry sources, regular reviews are being conducted to see what steps have been taken by the hospitals. 

“There <g data-gr-id="43">are</g> a total of 33 hospitals in Delhi, which are diagnosing the diseases, of which six are in East Delhi,” said East Delhi Municipal Corporation’s Health Officer Dr KK Chaudhary. He added that dengue and malaria should be eradicated from the national Capital just like polio and small pox.

“Cases of suspected dengue and malaria are increasing by the day. About 100 samples are received daily,” said a source in the pathological department of the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital.

The scenario is similar at Safdurjung Hospital. Though the number of confirmed cases stand low, people are coming in large numbers to get themselves tested.

Residents should not be scared as the Municipal Corporations, Health Ministry and several NGOs are doing their best to prevent the spreading of the diseases. However, individual measures should also be taken.

Utsav Basu

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