New Delhi: While dengue cases are witnessing a drop in the Delhi-NCR region, city officials on Monday reported six more deaths from vector-borne disease in recent months, raising the total number of dengue cases. deaths from dengue this year at 23, the highest. in the last 6 years. Currently, the total number of cases in the capital this year is 9,545.
South MCD officials confirmed the deaths of six children this week, adding to the list of the dead. Minors between the ages of 8 months and 13 years expired between October and November. However, their deaths were not reported until this week due to the investigation of the agents on the matter, officials aware of the evolution said. Officials explained that to report dengue-related deaths, there is a special committee that investigates the cases and reports them accordingly.
In November it registered the highest number of cases, with 6739. In December it registered only 1259 (up to 25). South MCD, the nodal agency for the collection of dengue data, said the delay in confirming the deaths was due to a thorough investigation. About 11 of the 23 deaths are pediatric deaths.
North MCD reported 2645 cases in 2021, South MCD reported 2570 cases, East MCD reported 1129 cases and other agencies in Delhi, such as NDMC and Delhi Cantt, reported 84 and 146 cases. There are 2,950 cases that could not be located even after the investigation
The three CDMs in order to decrease the spread of the disease, increased the protocols related to sanitation, fog and more. The Delhi government also used its “10 hafte, 10 casualties, 10 minutes” campaign to raise awareness about the disease.
According to the MHO of South MCDs, Dr BK Hazarika, the increase in deaths occurred due to cross-contamination of 2 different serotypes. He also said: “Heavy rains between September and October were the main reason for the increase in cases.” In addition, hospitals only reported a few cases on a regular basis instead of actual figures. Once the protocol was strengthened, all hospitals reported an increase in the number of cases.