Dengue gets all the attention, malaria gets more victims in ill-prepared City
As the rise in Dengue cases grips the Capital, the surge in Malaria cases is keeping the authorities on toes. A total of 934 people have taken treatment for Malaria in the Capital till October 6, and 85,348 houses have been found positive for the breeding of mosquitoes.
The figures are worrying. Even if the number of people staying in the vicinity of a potential mosquito breeding ground is taken to be seven, at least 5.60 people are at an active risk of getting the disease. To avoid an epidemic, preventive fogging has been done in 4.75 lakh houses this year. Over 2.51 crore visits have been made to houses to check domestic breeding. Over 2.37 lakh blood samples for Malaria testing have been collected from this year between January 1 and October 6.
Dr Rajpal, medical superintendent, Guru Tegh Bahadur hospital, said, “The surge in Malaria cases is a serious issue. People should ensure that no water is left in electric coolers used during the summer. Leaving water in pitchers and coolers is the most common mistake people make. Stagnant water in coolers is a breeding ground for mosquitoes and causes Dengue and Malaria.”
After thorough checks conducted at houses with high susceptibility of the mosquito-borne diseases, over 73,000 houses have been issues legal notices for failing to eradicate breeding ground for mosquitoes besides 4779 people prosecuted for not paying heed to repeated requests for ensuring precautionary measures from the municipal authorities.
Out of the three municipal corporations—The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NMC), The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), the highest number of blood samples were collected from NMC, totalling 1.32 lakh, followed by SDMC at 54,632 and EDMC at 51,426. Out of the total of 934 people who received radical treatment, NMC was the highest with 256 cases, followed by EDMC at 582 cases and SDMC with 96 cases. In NMC, fogging spray has been done in 1.76 lakh houses, the figure is 2.28 lakh for SDMC and 70 thousand for EDMC. In NMC, 17, 304 houses have been found positive for breeding of mosquitoes, in SDMC, the figure is 60,000 and EDMC—8100. Close to 20000 houses have been issues notices for mosquitogenic condition by NMC, the figure is 40,000 for SDMC and 13150 for EDMC. “Directions have been issued to intensify fogging activities all over the Capital as a preventive measure for Dengue and Malaria. Moreover, data of malaria and dengue affected patients is being collected from private hospitals to arrive at a correct assessment of the situation,” said Health Minister A K Walia.
According to Walia, the government has issued notices to 34 private hospitals who were refusing to admit 10 per cent indoor patients from the economically weaker sections (EWS), going against the directions of the Supreme Court.