Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had last month directed the authorities to make a comprehensive plan in the matter, while the civic bodies are keeping a tab on mosquito-breeding, in and out of homes, through regular monitoring.Nearly 150 cases of chikungunya have been reported in Delhi this year, with 9 of them being recorded this month, even as authorities gear up to combat the outbreak of vector-borne diseases.Eighty-seven cases of dengue have also been reported till 17 June, according to a municipal report released on Monday.Though the season of vector-borne diseases had ended in December, the city continues to report such cases, prompting authorities to prepare a roadmap for the combat plan.
Out of the 146 chikungunya cases, 10 were recorded last month, 19 in April while 34 were diagnosed in March. 20 cases were detected in January and 13 in February.Ten dengues cases have been reported this month till June 17, while eight cases were recorded in May, according to the report by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) which tabulates such cases on behalf of all the civic bodies of the city.Six cases of dengue were reported in January, four in February, 11 in March and as many in April.As many as 4,431 cases of dengue were reported till the end of 2016.On May 13, Kejriwal had chaired a high-level meeting of officers from the three municipal corporations and the Delhi government to discuss plans to eliminate vector-borne diseases in the national capital.“Delhi will be made mosquito-free. We will have to get rid of mosquito-borne diseases. It will be made a people’s movement. It is only possible with people’s participation,” Kejriwal had tweeted.He had also written to Union Health minister J P Nadda, requesting him to reserve 10 per cent of the beds in the Central government-run hospitals for the treatment of dengue and chikungunya patients.Though the season of vector-borne diseases had ended in December, the city continues to report such cases, prompting authorities to prepare a roadmap for the combat plan.
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