Will take several steps soon, school students will be involved: Kejriwal on dengue fever control


By PTI STI (Update)

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Amid a spike in dengue fever cases in the nation’s capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday a plan had been drawn up to tackle the vector-borne disease.

Amid a spike in dengue fever cases in the nation’s capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday a plan had been drawn up to tackle the vector-borne disease. In the coming days, several measures will be taken and school students will be widely involved in efforts to stem the spread of dengue fever, he said.

The Chief Minister said this after holding a meeting with senior officials from the Department of Health, Delhi Municipality and New Delhi City Council (NDMC) and other departments. Delhi has recorded a huge increase in dengue fever cases over the past two weeks, bringing the number of vector-borne diseases to nearly 400 as of September 17 this year.

More than 100 people were diagnosed with the infection during the period September 9-17. According to a report by the civic body released on Monday, 152 dengue fever cases have been reported this month up to September 17.

After the meeting, Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi: “The rainy season lasted longer this time. The threat of dengue may increase. in the next few days, several measures will be taken. The students of the school will be involved in an important way. The city had recorded 295 dengue fever cases through September 9. Of the 396 total cases recorded up to September 17 this year, 75 were reported in August. No deaths from the disease have been reported so far this year. Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported between July and November, sometimes extending into mid-December.

City officials said dengue fever cases were recorded earlier than usual this year due to weather conditions conducive to mosquito breeding. Rains continued to batter Delhi for the third day in a row on Saturday, causing rumbling traffic in some places in the morning as the minimum temperature stood at 22.6 degrees Celsius.

The city received 15mm of rain from 8:30 a.m. Friday to 8:30 a.m. Saturday, according to data shared by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). Dengue fever is caused by the bite of the Aedes agypti mosquito and its larvae breed in clear water from the remains of cups, pots, tires, flowerpots, open utensils carrying water, and water coolers, among others.


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