Dengue cases 900 plus, Mayor seeks public cooperation

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.

PTI



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

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