MCD blames Punjab, Haryana for dengue surge

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 13:58

New Delhi: Neighbouring states like Punjab
and Haryana are responsible for rising dengue cases in the
city as they have "little or no initiative" to control
mosquito breeding, a senior MCD official said.

Dengue cases originate in neighbouring states and
spread to the city due to unchecked mosquito breeding there.
People get affected and come to Delhi for treatment leading to
transmission of the disease, V K Mongia, MCD`s Health Committee
chairman said.

"The rampant anti-mosquito breeding drive that is
carried out here is not prevalent in the NCR region. As such
mosquito breeding there goes unchecked and when people from
those areas travel to Delhi, transmission of the disease
begins," he said.

Mongia said that Najafgarh, which is close to Gurgaon,
reports a lot of dengue cases due to this factor.

Moreover, "dengue patients coming from Gurgaon for
treatment in Apollo Hospital or those coming from Ghaziabad
for treatment in GTB Hospital show their relative`s address in
Delhi as their own. Ultimately the count of Delhi cases rises,"
he said.

Till date, the national capital has reported 5,553
dengue cases.

"The domestic breeding checker (DBC) culture is
there only in one or two places in the world and in India it
is only found in Delhi. Countries like Thailand and Malaysia
who report a huge number of dengue cases too do not have DBC
facility in place.

"In India, especially in Delhi, these DBC workers
go from door-to-door every 15 days to check mosquito breeding
in houses. However, this practice is not prevalent in
neighbouring states," he said.


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First Published: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 13:58

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