The monsoon season brings with it mosquitoes. The mosquitoes bring with them diseases. And Delhi is committed to making sure they are kept under control before the arrival of the first showers .
In a meeting with municipal corporation and hospital officials, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it is important that preventive action is taken to control vector-borne illnesses such as chikungunya, dengue fever, and malaria. These illnesses experience increased prevalence during the monsoon season when mosquito populations flourish. Emphasising to officials the need to be prepared, Kejriwal went on to assure citizens that the Delhi government would have the situation under control.
“The next four months are very important for the health and well-being of the people of Delhi,” Kejriwal proclaimed. “We have to make the situation better than last year and bring down the number of cases of vector-borne diseases.” He assured Delhiites “we are ready to face any challenges.”
The steps to be taken to contain outbreaks of vector-borne disease will include ensuring adequate stocks of medicines, insecticides, and larvicides; dedicated wards in hospitals to handle disease cases; vigilance against stagnant water (pockets of which offer ripe opportunity for mosquitoes to breed); and monitoring mosquito breeding. Earlier this year, mosquito breeding was reported from 8,546 households.
The Chief Minister was keen to emphasise the decline in cases of vector-borne disease in the capital in recent years. Kejriwal said in a tweet that 15,000 cases of dengue fever were recorded in 2015 whereas, in 2018, approximately 2,700 cases were recorded. (In December, it was reported that 2,774 cases of dengue had been diagnosed in Delhi throughout 2018, compared to 4,704 diagnoses in 2017. Between 2013 and 2017, dengue cases in the national capital almost doubled).
“We will try our best this year to keep the number low,” the Chief Minister asserted.