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Rain-laden April brings mosquito scare

Delhi Government on Thursday asked RWAs, private and public offices, hospitals, schools, police stations and market associations to take effective steps to stop breeding of Aedes mosquitoes which transmit dengue.

Health Minister A K Walia, after a high-level meeting, said the intermittent showers last week combined with rising temperature have created conditions conducive for breeding of Aedes mosquitoes which needs to be checked urgently.

'Breeding of Aedes mosquitoes in summer is a matter of serious concern as it may lead to spread of vector borne diseases in the city,' he said.

The meeting was attended by over 200 senior officials of various concerned departments and agencies.

He said besides containing dengue, there was also a need to take steps to prevent spread of diseases such as malaria, chikungunya, gastroenteritis and jaundice in the city.

Officials said breeding of Aedes mosquitoes has been detected in 67 areas across the city including certain posh localities.

The total number of dengue cases recorded this year till last week was 21 out of which 12 cases were reported from neighbouring states.

'The situation is under control but it underscores the fact that we need to take more precautions against the outbreak of dengue in the coming months,' said Walia, adding that all governmental and non-governmental agencies as well as citizens should come together to control vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria.

The Minister asked municipal corporations and Northern Railway to carry out anti larva spray in their respective areas while directing medical superintendents of all hospitals to ensure sufficient availability of platelets.

Expressing concern over the rising cases of water-borne diseases like gastroenteritis, cholera, jaundice and typhoid in the city, he asked Delhi Jal Board to ensuresupply of clean water to the citizens.

He specifically directed the Delhi Jal board to check that dirty water does not get mixed with drinking water as in several areas water pipes go through drainage system. walia said that situation with regard to swine flu in Delhi is well under control.
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