It’s monsoon time, and vector-borne diseases are back to haunt the national capital. As many as 33 dengue and 54 malaria cases have been reported in the city this season, according to a municipal report on Monday.
Malaria cases in Delhi 2018
In the first week of July, eight fresh cases of malaria have been reported, taking the total number of people affected by the disease this season to 54, the report, which was released on Monday, stated.
Of the 54 malaria cases, eight were reported this month, 25 in June, 17 in May, one each in April and March, and two in February.
Dengue cases in Delhi 2018
Of the total 33 dengue cases this season, at least three fresh cases of dengue were reported in the city between July 1 and July 7.
Three were reported in July, six in January, three in February, one in March, two in April, 10 in May and eight in June, according to the report released by South Delhi Municipal Corporation.
Chikungunya cases in Delhi 2018
Three fresh cases of chikungunya have been reported in the first week of July, taking its total this season to 16.
“Both dengue and malaria have different carriers. Therefore, it is not unusual for malaria cases to be reported in larger number compared to dengue,” a senior doctor at a government-run hospital said.
Warning and precautions against vector-borne diseases
“But people must take all precautions, like wearing full-sleeve clothes and not allowing breeding of mosquito larvae inside homes. Water coolers should be dried up when not in use as dengue infection-carrying mosquitoes breed there a lot. Mosquito-nets should be used at home,” the doctor said.
Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between July and November, but the period may stretch to mid-December. No vector-borne disease case was reported till January 13.
According to the report, domestic breeding checkers have found mosquito-breeding in 47,213 households in the city till July 7.
Government actions to check monsoon diseases
The report said 53,137 legal notices have been served for various violations and “3,970 prosecutions have been initiated”.
Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal on June 28 directed local bodies and other agencies to intensify vector-control measures. He also asked for regular meetings at the level of district magistrates with all stakeholders to review the situation in their respective districts.
Dengue, Malaria, Chikungunya toll in 2017
According to South Delhi Municipal Corporation, the vector-borne disease affected 9,271 people in the city last year.
The official toll maintained by Delhi municipal authorities till December 26 last year stood at four, even though some hospitals reported a few more deaths due to dengue.
The mosquito-borne tropical disease had claimed its first victim in the city last year on August 1 when a 12-year-old boy died of dengue shock syndrome at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. Three more deaths were reported in October by SDMC.
The number of malaria and chikungunya cases reported last year stood at 1,142 and 940 respectively.