Dengue cases 900 plus, Mayor seeks public cooperation
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 22:10
New Delhi: Amid concerns over increasing instances of dengue before Commonwealth Games, the cases of which reached 916, the Delhi Mayor today said MCD workers were on the job with a special focus on sports venues.

Mayor P R Sawhney also sought people's cooperation in tackling the situation, lamenting that reports have emerged of residents not allowing mosquito breeding checkers to enter their houses.

In many cases, people do not allow them to enter to check breeding, he told reporters here.

"MCD workers are on the job. They are undertaking special checking at Games stadia. We will control the situation. Games construction work is one of the main reasons for increase in dengue cases this year, coupled with the fact that it follows a cyclic pattern. The last time it reached a peak was in 2006."

He once again appealed to MCD mosquito breeding checkers, who are threatening to go on a strike from September 6 demanding regularisation of jobs, to refrain from ceasework.

"They can approach us after the Games and we will resolve their problems," said the Mayor.

The national capital reported 74 new dengue cases since yesterday, taking the total to 916. The city reported three dengue deaths this season.

Among the total 916 cases so far, 801 have been reported from MCD areas, 101 from NDMC areas and the rest were from other parts of the city and outstation cases.

The highest number of 11 cases have come from MCD Central Zone followed by South Zone (10).

According to statistics released by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the number of cases till this time in 2009 were only four. The figure was 75 and 21 in the same periods in 2008 and 2007 respectively.

Authorities are more worried about the spread of dengue as the city will host the Games in October, a month which generally sees high prevalence of the disease.


First Published: Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 22:10

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