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19 dengue deaths so far


220 more people were tested positive for dengue last week, taking the total number of patients to 1300, a joint report released by civic bodies mentioned on Monday The report, containing the cases till September 17, 2016, holds that 19 persons have succumbed to dengue, with 25-year-old Iram Khan, a resident of Jamia Nagar in south Delhi, being the last victim. According to the report, out of 1,300 dengue cases 607 have been recorded this month till September 17.

In August, the count was 652. Out of the 19 fatalities, nine have been reported at AIIMS, while the rest at other hospitals in the city. However, the South Corporation, which compiles the report on vector-borne diseases on behalf of all civic bodies here, has acknowledged the four deaths only. These four deaths include that of Iram Khan (25), who succumbed to dengue on August 31 at Apollo Hospital.The other three deaths reported by South Corporation include Nazish (38), who had died of dengue shock syndrome at Apollo Hospital on August 12. Muskan (12), a resident of Shaheen Bagh here,had died on July 29, while Deepak (19), from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, succumbed to the disease on July 27.

Both died at Safdarjung Hospital. Besides, five other fatalities have been reported by different hospitals in the city which have not yet been confirmed by the South Corporation. AIIMS in a report released on September 15 had said among the dengue and chikungunya patients visiting it, 70 per cent belonged to Uttar Pradesh, 10 per cent to Bihar and rest to Delhi. September-October is the peak season for dengue and other vector-borne diseases. Last year, the city saw a staggering 15,867 dengue cases –the worst in 20 years– with the disease claiming 60 lives, as per municipal reports. In 1996, a severe outbreak of dengue had occurred in Delhi when about 10,252 cases and 423 deaths were reported. In its report South Corporation has recorded 302 cases, the maximum among all the regions in the city.North Corporation and East Corporation have registered 134 and 86 cases respectively. Central Zone of South Corporation has recorded 119 cases, the highest among its four zones. Najafgarh, West and and South Zones reported 84, 53 and 46 cases respectively.

For North Corporation the cases reported are Sadar Paharganj (11), Rohini (28) and Narela (6), Karol Bagh (16) and City (33) and Civil Lines (40). This year cases have been reported early. A total of 91 cases were reported in July, six cases were recorded in May, while June witnessed 15 cases. 446 cases have been reported from areas falling outside the jurisdiction of municipal corporations in the city. While 99 cases were reported from Uttar Pradesh, 35 of those diagnosed with the disease came from Haryana and 276 from other states. In North Corporation area,breeding of mosquitoes was found in 47,710 houses, in South Corporation area in 67,045 houses and 17,283 in East Corporation area.

The prosecutions in these areas were 3,908, 6,191 and 1,720 respectively. In view of rising number of Dengue and chikungunia cases, the Chairman of Medical Relief and Public Health Committee of North Corporation Mr Rajpal Rana directed the officials concerned to increase the number of Tifa machines and availability of required medicines, and recruit additional field workers.