Over 2,100 dengue cases, overtake last year`s figure

New Delhi: 400 new dengue cases have been reported in the last four days in Delhi taking the total to over 2100 so far, surpassing last year's figure.

2,124 cases have been reported till today overtaking last year's figure of 2093, with north Delhi alone registering over 1,000 cases, a report released by the MCD said today.

While the official death toll now stands at three, six people have been put under the suspected category by the municipal bodies.

The latest victim has been identified as six-year-old Priya from Okhla in south Delhi who succumbed to dengue on September 23.

The capital had witnessed large number of dengue cases in the 2010 with over 6000 cases being reported. In 2008, over 1,300 cases were registered, 1,153 in 2009, 1,131 in 2011.

While figures for various corporations are North (1026), South (540) and East (435), 61 cases were reported from regions in Delhi outside the jurisdiction of MCD and 30 cases in other category.

While cases in Rohini Zone mounted to over 500, still the highest, Shah (North) and Shah (South) Zones saw 244 and 199 cases respectively. Narela (164), Najafgarh (185), Karol Bagh (148) and Civil Lines (178) too posted over 100 figures, among other places.

All corporation have intensified efforts to check the disease, but officials said they were facing lack of cooperation from households.

"Some people do not let Domestic Breeder Checkers (DBCs) to enter their households. Some even quarrel with them, hence, it makes our job difficult," South Delhi Municipal Corporation Commissioner Manish Gupta said.

"We also have been doing 'dengue homework programme' in our schools where kids are asked to collect information about the disease, and in the process they sensitise not just themselves but also their parents," Gupta told PTI.

"Fumigation and anti-larval routines are being carried out and regular checking are being carried out," he said.

Mosquito breeding has been found in 1,34,283 households against 79,501 last year for the same period. Number of prosecution launched so far is 14,302 compared to 4,277 last year for the same period.


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