New Delhi, August 6
Over 30 circumstances of dengue have been reported within the nationwide capital until August 1 this yr, even because the civic our bodies have arrange separate fever clinics to take care of sufferers troubled with the vector-borne illness, authorities mentioned on Thursday.
Besides, the companies have additionally stepped up consciousness campaigns because the dengue season has now coincided with the coronavirus pandemic the town is reeling underneath since March.
According to knowledge shared by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), the nodal company that tabulates knowledge on the vector-borne illnesses for the whole metropolis, 31 circumstances of dengue has been recorded in Delhi until August 1.
The variety of circumstances of malaria and chikungunya in the identical interval, stands at 45 and 18 respectively, it mentioned.
In 2019, the variety of dengue circumstances reported until August 1 was 40, whereas the full variety of vector-borne illness reported all through that yr was 2,036, with two deaths recorded, formally, as per the information shared by the SDMC.
All three illnesses, malaria, dengue and chikungunya are accompanied with excessive fever, a typical symptom for COVID-19. And subsequently, docs say, individuals affected by these illness would possibly suspect they’ve contracted COVID-19.
North Delhi Mayor Jai Prakash mentioned, dengue fever clinics have been established at polyclinics run throughout the six zones of the NDMC.
“Yes, people affected by dengue will have fever, but there are other symptoms too in COVID, like breathlessness, loss of sense of smell and taste. So, we are raising awareness and telling people to go to polyclinics if having simple fever, or visit our COVID test centres in case other symptoms also there,” he instructed PTI.
North Delhi Municipal Corporation-run Hindu Rao Hospital is a devoted COVID-19 facility, and a testing centre.
Dengue mosquito larvae breed in clear, standing water, whereas these of malaria thrive even in soiled water.
Cases of vector-borne illnesses are normally reported between July and November, however the interval could stretch until mid-December.
“We have also stepped up our campaign to combat dengue, by extensive fogging in different areas, distributing hand bills having the dos and don’ts, and disinfectants for spraying in flower pots etc, where water stagnates,” Prakash mentioned.
The mayor mentioned posters have been put up in numerous areas to make individuals conscious, and differentiate between suspected dengue fever and suspected COVID case. “People should not panic, we are trying our best to keep dengue cases to a minimum this year,” he added.
Doctors have suggested individuals to take precautions and be certain that there is no such thing as a breeding of mosquito larvae round them. They have urged individuals to put on full-sleeves and use mosquito nets.
Water coolers needs to be dried up when not in use as mosquitoes carrying dengue virus normally breed there. — PTI