New Delhi: The dengue menace showed no signs
of abating in the national capital where the number of cases
crossed 1,000 today with 77 more patients testing positive for
the vector-borne disease.
Last year, the number of dengue cases crossed 1,000 only
in the month of November.
Of the 1,014 cases so far, 993 have been reported from MCD
areas, 115 from NDMC areas and the rest from other parts of
the city besides some outstation cases.
The highest number of 167 cases have come from MCD South
Zone followed by Central Zone (151) and Rohini (112).
Mayor Prithvi Raj Sawhney has sought people`s cooperation
in tackling the situation, lamenting that reports have emerged
of residents not allowing mosquito breeding checkers to enter
MCD workers are on the job. They are undertaking special
checking at Games stadia too. We will control the situation.
Commonwealth Games construction work is one of the main
reasons for rise in 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," the Mayor said.
He has also appealed to MCD mosquito breeding checkers,
who are threatening to go on 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," Sawhney said.
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.