Dengue cases and deaths highly under-reported in Delhi, says CAG report

26 September 2016, 08:26 AM
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Dengue cases have been on a rise in Delhi from 1967 onwards, lack of institutional mechanism and ineffective approach in dealing with the dengue outbreak proves to be the one of the major causes of deaths from dengue fever.

A new Comptroller and Auditor General report says that Delhi has been hugely under-reporting dengue cases and deaths.

The report talks about the preparedness of city government, municipal bodies and others for controlling and preventing the disease.

CAG examined dengue cases from 2013 to 2015, saying that hospitals reported 409 dengue deaths in 2015, the state’s death review committee confirmed only 60 -46 from Delhi and 14 from other states. This highlights the under-reportage of dengue deaths in the city.

The report which is yet-to-be tabled says even dengue cases were being under-reported. These are collated and sent to the Centre by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation. In 2015, just 33% of 67,500 positive cases reported by hospitals were sent to the Centre.

It is not clear that how the fatalities were not considered as dengue deaths though these were confirmed by the hospitals, report added. The federal auditor also said no effective surveillance or control measures were adopted in Delhi for the prevention of the fatal fever.

First Published: Monday, September 26, 2016 08:21 AM

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