press trust of india
New Delhi, 11 October
Dengue figure in the capital has crossed the alarming 3,000-mark, with about 400 new cases being detected in the last few days.
As many as 3,298 cases have been reported in the city so far with North Delhi alone accounting for over 1,500 cases, a report released by the MCD said.
The latest dengue victim was a 35-year-old woman from Kishan Garh area who died on September 21, as reported by civic bodies on October 7. The total number of dengue cases in the city till October 7 was 2,916, which has now increased to 3,298, according to MCD officials. The official death toll now stands at four, while six persons have been put under the suspected dengue death category by the municipal bodies.
The capital had witnessed large number of dengue cases in 2010 with over 6,000 cases reported in the city. In 2008, over 1,300 cases were registered, 1,153 in 2009, over 1,100 cases in 2011 and 2,093 last year.
While figures for various corporations are North (1,538), South (882) and East (739), 72 cases were reported from regions in Delhi outside the jurisdiction of MCD and 30 cases in other category. A total of 37 cases have been reported from other states.
While cases in Rohini Zone mounted to over 700, still the highest, Shah (North) and Shah (South) Zones both saw over 300 cases. Narela (266), Najafgarh (269), Karol Bagh (238) and Civil Lines (285) too posted over 200 figures, among other places.
MCD officials said they were anticipating the 3,000-mark only by October end.
September saw a total of 1,962 cases, the highest for a month so far this year.
Meanwhile, cases of malaria also saw an increase with 61 cases reported last month compared to 28 in August. So, far no cases have been reported for this month.
All corporations have intensified efforts to check the disease before the ensuing assembly polls.
“We are doing every thing possible to contain the spread of the disease in all zones and fumigation and anti-larval routines are being carried out along with regular checking in households,” officials said.