With the death toll from dengue reaching 14 on Thursday, pressure on the Delhi government and the MCD is mounting.
AIIMS confirmed five deaths from dengue in the capital and there are over 1,100 others affected by the vector-borne disease.
“The five deaths from dengue took place between September 1 and 13,” a top AIIMS official told PTI.
According to PTI, SDMC claims that only four people have died of dengue. But dengue is not the only disease that has affected hundreds in the city. Another vector-borne disease, chikungunya, has affected over 1,440 people.
September is the month when the vector-borne diseases reach their peak.
A municipal report says that in September alone, 387 cases were reported marking a rise of over 50 per cent from the previous count of 770 till September 3. Iram Khan (25) was the last reported dengue death, who succumbed to dengue on August 31 at Apollo Hospital.
The vector-borne disease had claimed its first victim on July 21 when a girl from Jafrabad in northeast Delhi died at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital. It appears that the state government and the municipal corporations have learnt nothing from past experiences. In 2015, Delhi reported 15,867 dengue cases – the worst in 20 years. Sixty people lost their lives.
The ruling AAP has come in for criticism for its handling of the situation, which, in turn, accuses the BJP dominated MCD for failing in controlling the outbreak.
But despite the acrimony some elected representatives chose to cut across party lines and joined hands in fogging.
Delhi’s water resources minister Kapil Mishra and BJP MP from Delhi Manoj Tiwari were praised
for their initiative in fighting the vector-borne diseases.