Over 1.7L houses found to be mosquito breeding grounds
Delhi civic bodies have claimed to have found 1,75,051 houses positive for mosquito breeding and 15,724 have been prosecuted this year, as part of their drive against the vector-borne disease.
The Corporation councillors and top officials claim that regular monitoring is being carried out by visiting hospitals. “We have been visiting hospitals to look after the condition of the patients,” said Neelam Goel, Deputy Mayor of North MCD. The number of patients tested for possibilities of dengue till September 12 has been pegged at 1,872, with 1,041 patients tested positive in this month itself. The rising number of cases has put the three Municipal Corporations on their toes.
North Delhi Mayor Ravinder Gupta claimed that the Corporation was taking all possible measures to deal with the increasing number of dengue cases in its jurisdiction. He said that to further strengthen the services, staff at the fever clinics have been increased so that <g data-gr-id="23">more number</g> of patients can be treated efficiently, and more technical staff have been deployed in the pathological laboratories, among other measures.
“No dengue patient has been denied admission in its hospitals and additional facilities have been created to attend them swiftly,” said Gupta. According to Gupta, North Corporation has about 1,500 dengue-breeding checkers, 1,000-strong staff for carrying out fumigation and 300 employees to monitor the drive.
As per the report tabulated by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), during the same period, 1,75,051 houses have been found positive for mosquito breeding while 15,724 prosecutions have been made this year.
New helpline for dengue
Delhi government on Tuesday announced its Anti-Corruption Helpline — 1031 — as new helpline number for dengue-related queries. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, to give all relevant information about dengue and its treatment. “As we were getting more calls on <g data-gr-id="52">existing</g> number - 011-23307145, we have decided to use ACB’s helpline number 1031 as an <g data-gr-id="50">additonal</g> dengue helpline number,” said a senior government official. The official said that the tele-callers are in good numbers at ACB’s call centres which will speed up the process to guide the callers.