Delhi in the grip of dengue, chikungunya

New Delhi, August 26: Every year, Delhi faces the menace of dengue, swine flu, and chikungunya. This year the fatal disease has already claimed one life in Delhi. As Delhi braces for dengue, chikunguniya, and swine, here we look at how the AAP government is preparing to handle the situation in the national capital.

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said 753 cases of swine flu (influenza H1N1) were reported between January 1 and August 6, adding that enough stocks of medicine were available to tackle the disease.

A 12-year old boy has become the season's first victim to succumb to dengue in the national capital, while the total number of cases, as of Aug 19, have reached 657, according to the data released by civic bodies on Monday.

Kumar, a resident of south Delhi, was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on July 30, 2017, in a critical condition and was confirmed to have dengue. He died on August 1, but the data was released in this week's updated list of dengue cases by the civic bodies.

Delhi till now has recorded 657 cases of dengue, out of which 325 are patients are from Delhi while 332 are patients from other states undergoing treatment in Delhi hospitals.

Areas from South Delhi Municipal Corporation have reported the highest number of 64 cases, followed by 42 cases in areas of New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC). NDMC usually reports less number of Dengue cases every year.

The year 2015 saw the worst outbreak of Dengue with 15,867 cases and 60 deaths while 2016 saw 4,431 cases with 10 deaths.

The civic bodies also released data on malaria, which shows 215 cases in the national capital till August 19. However, it also shows that since Aug 1 the city has seen a total of 50 cases.

A total of 194 cases of chikungunya have been reported in the national capital with 44 cases only in August. In 2016, the city saw 7,760 cases of chikungunya, which was the worst outbreak of the disease in the last one decade.

"People should not panic. There is no dearth of medicines and vaccines for swine flu in Delhi. We have reserved 1,000 beds in 19 government hospitals for such patients," Jain told the assembly while making a suo motu statement on swine flu and vector-borne diseases.

He advised people to avoid self-medication and to wash hands at regular intervals since the disease was contagious.

"We will also provide medicines for swine flu to private hospitals free of cost. We have allowed chemists to keep medicines but to sell these only on medical prescription," Jain said.

News24 Bureau/inputs from IANS