With the continued efforts of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) Department of Health to prevent and control dengue and other vector-borne diseases, the number of such cases has decreased significantly from the past two years, a senior official.
Mosquito-borne diseases are on the rise in Delhi. In the past week, 40 new cases of dengue fever, 11 cases of malaria and 10 cases of chikungunya have been reported from different parts of the capital, bringing the total to more than 212 cases.
The doctor Dr. Ramesh Kumar said that according to the three-year comparative report on vector-borne diseases, only 22 cases of dengue fever were recorded this year, significantly fewer than the previous two years when the numbers were 81 in 2018 and 52 in 2019.
There are eight cases of malaria this year while only four cases of chikungunya have been reported. In 2018 and 2019 there were 49 and 44 cases of malaria, respectively, added Dr. Kumar added. The citizen administration administers, among other things, the area of the Lutyens in Delhi.
To begin with, New Delhi City Council regularly conducts an anti-larval inspection operation, during which teams have visited and inspected 4,27,970 homes and premises, and to date have found 1,636 premises with larvae.
The Ministry of Health team members are also focusing on the presence of overwater tanks with no lids or other water containers susceptible to larvae breeding. After checking 8,36,480 water containers, only 3,514 were found positive for the larva.
The NDMC issued 2,894 notices that year, while 3,112 and 2,819 notices were issued in 2018 and 2019, respectively. 124 and 108 challans were issued in 2018 and 2019, respectively, while only 163 challans were issued this year.
The citizen body also distributes brochures on do’s and don’ts in order to raise awareness of preventing vector-borne diseases. The NDMC has sent 50,000 text messages to residents every week to take action to curb the spread of mosquito breeding in their neighborhood.
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