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89 cases of dengue in Delhi; Minister directs action

Written by IANS |Published : August 27, 2013 11:19 AM IST

Delhi Health Minister A.K. Walia Monday directed officials to adopt a two-pronged strategy to prevent dengue cases, the number of which has increased to 89.

In the corresponding period in 2012, only 9 cases of dengue were detected.

The two-pronged strategy to deal with dengue will include spreading awareness about mosquito breeding and stringent action those whose house or compounds were found prone to breeding. (Also read: Over 15,000 dengue cases reported: Health ministry)

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'The minister directed the health officials of three municipalities to increase prosecution action, especially in Narela and Rohini zones where the large number of dengue cases were found and which together account for half of total cases,' said an Delhi government official.

At the meeting, it came to light that mosquitoes have been breeding largely in the institutional areas, especially within the premises of centres of higher learning, technical and educational institutes, police stations, hospitals, and government offices.

The officials of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Directorate of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) and National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR) were present in the meeting chaired by Walia.

What is dengue?

Dengue fever is a communicable disease and its symptoms include high fever for four to five days, usually accompanied by severe headache, pain in eyes, muscles and joints besides rashes. After the fever goes away, blood platelet count starts dipping. This is the most dangerous phase of the disease.

How to prevent dengue?

Here are a few simple and practical tips to keep dengue at bay:

  1. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes are known to bite humans during the day and their most common breeding grounds are man made containers. Therefore, it is advisable to not have any stagnant water around. Remember to clean out empty flower pots and not to over water potted plants. If the container that contains water cannot be emptied, remember to cover it well when not in use.
  2. A natural method to keep mosquitos at bay is to plant tulsi near your window. The plant has properties that do not allow mosquitoes to breed.
  3. Using camphor as a repellant also works wonders. Light camphor in a room and close all the doors and windows. Leave it this way for about fifteen to twenty minutes to have a mosquito free environment.

(Read more: Prevent dengue with these 10 practical tips.)

With inputs from IANS

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