Outbreak of Vector Borne Diseases in Delhi

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Each year during the monsoon season, the outburst of many diseases take place, the main reason being the right environment for the microorganisms to grow. They find a suitable temperature for their growth and all the harmful microorganisms become active. These harmful microorganisms are responsible for causing diseases.

Recently, the latest municipal report released on Monday (29th July 2019) showed, eighty-three cases of malaria in Delhi, out of which 39 cases of these malaria cases have been recorded in July itself, 35 were recorded in June, eight in May and one in April. Even the 19 cases of Chikungunya have been reported out of which 9 in July, 5 in June, 2 in February and 1 each in March, April and May.

With respect to Dengue cases, in total 34 cases have been reported till 27th July. 12 in July, 11 in June, 3 in May, 2 in April, 4 in March and 1 each in February 1 January.

Usually, the cases of vector-borne diseases get activated between July and November but the period always gets stretched to mid-December.

In the previous year, 2,798 dengue cases and 4 deaths were recorded by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), the recorded data on vector-borne diseases in the city was highlighted. In the dengue victims, last year included a minor boy.

Out of the total number of dengue cases previous year, 141 were recorded in December, while 1,062 in November, 1,114 in October, 374 in September, 58 in August, 19 in July, 8 in June, 10 in May, 2 in April, 1 in March, 3 in February and 6 in January. The leftover cases have been reported from areas outside the jurisdiction of the three municipal corporations of Delhi.

Also, last year 473 cases of malaria and 165 cases of Chikungunya were reported. 10 people died due to dengue in Delhi in 2017, of who five were not residents of Delhi. Overall, the vector-borne disease had affected 9,271 people in the city in 2017, according to the SDMC.

So, each year people had been suffering from these diseases. These outbreaks can only be controlled by the efforts of people; they have to be vigilant and should take care of all the precautions which the government, as well as many organizations, has been announcing through advertisements, social media, TV, Mobiles radio, etc. It is not only the duty of government rather we live in a society and we all have to take care of cleanliness and pollution. If these things are taken care of, then the problem itself is solved.

Even Doctors, repeatedly have been telling people to take precautions, have asked to keep the house and the surrounding area clean. They have also advised to wear full-sleeves shirts and use mosquito nets during sleep.

Water coolers should be emptied when not in use as mosquitoes breed there with dengue virus. Civic bodies had also planned a workshop recently on the prevention of vector-borne diseases.

In spite of listening to the brutal effects of these vector-borne diseases still the negligence has been reported mosquito-breeding has been reported in 48,039 households and 46,580 legal notices have been issued this year.

Each Individual has to open their eyes instead of blaming others.

                                 “Prevention Is Always Better Than Cure”

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