29 malaria, 24 dengue cases in Delhi: Report

NEW DELHI: Five fresh cases of malaria have been reported in the past week in the national capital, taking the total number of people affected by the vector-borne disease this season to 29, according to the latest municipal report released on Monday.

One fresh case of dengue was also recorded in Delhi till June 16.

Fourteen cases of chikungunya have also been recorded in the same period.

Of the 29 cases of malaria, 17 were recorded last month, eight in June, one each in April and March and two in February.

Of the 24 dengue cases, six were recorded in January, three in February, one in March, two in April and 10 last month and two in June, according to the report.

The cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between mid-July and November-end, but this period may stretch up to mid-December.

There were no cases of any vector-borne disease till January 13.

Meanwhile, domestic breeding checkers have found mosquito-breeding in 33,622 households in the city till June 9, the report said.

It said 39,699 legal notices have been served for various violations and “2,673 prosecutions have been initiated”.

Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal had last month directed officials to work on spreading awareness and public sensitisation on a war footing to prevent vector-borne diseases in the city.

He had directed that crisp messages, particularly in vernacular languages, must be disseminated, besides involving school students in the awareness-generation drive.

Baijal had instructed local bodies to regularly monitor the work done by the domestic breeding checkers and fix their accountability.

The LG had also emphasised that top priority must be assigned by the local bodies to the areas identified by the Health department as most vulnerable to mosquito-breeding.

At least 10 people died in Delhi due to dengue last year, according to the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which tabulates data for the entire city.

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