Delhi recorded its first casualty of 2016 to dengue with a 17-year old succumbing to the vector-borne disease on July 21. Senior health officials confirmed that the death has been reported by the Lok Nayak Jaya Prakash Hospital. As of July 16, a total of 50 patients have been confirmed this year. Last year, there had been 29 cases of dengue recorded as of July 16. Delhi had seen a record-high number of cases last year, with 15,867 recorded cases of the disease.
According to data released by the municipal corporations on Monday, Delhi recorded 40 new cases of dengue in the past week, taking the total for 2016 to 90. This month, till July 23, the number of confirmed cases of the vector-borne disease was 62, much more than the number of cases in all of July 2015 when 40 cases had been recorded. Last year had seen the worst dengue crisis in at least 20 years, with a whopping 15,867 cases and 60 deaths from the disease.
“In most of the cases patients contracted the disease from outside Delhi,” said a senior South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) official. Of the 90 cases in 2016, 38 were patients who got the disease in Delhi, while the remaining 52 were those who contracted dengue in other States. Sadar Paharganj and Karol Bagh Zones under North Delhi Municipal Corporation reported a case each, while Najafgarh Zone of South Delhi Municipal Corporation has recorded five cases.
Around 250-300 fever clinic corners would be set up in the hospitals, dispensaries and mohalla clinics by September, said Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain.