Rising Dengue Cases in Delhi, CM Kejriwal Calls Meeting
Rising Dengue Cases in Delhi, CM Kejriwal Calls Meeting

NEW DELHI: Amid a startling surge of dengue cases following the recent floods, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has urgently convened a meeting at the Delhi Secretariat today, scheduled for noon. The primary objective of this gathering is to devise a comprehensive strategy to combat the escalating dengue outbreak that has taken hold of the city in the past few weeks.

In attendance at the crucial meeting will be Health Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj, Mayor Shelly Oberoi, and officials from various concerned departments, all of whom will focus on addressing the pressing situation. With the ongoing monsoon rains relentlessly battering the region, the incidences of dengue and malaria have spiked, seriously impacting the health and well-being of numerous residents.

Over the last fortnight, Delhi has witnessed 51 cases of dengue alone, a figure that has raised grave concerns among health authorities. The devastating floods could have further aggravated the situation by creating favorable breeding grounds for disease-carrying mosquitoes.

The stagnant water and unhygienic conditions prevailing in the affected areas are considered an ideal environment for the mosquito population to thrive and multiply. In response to the escalating vector-borne illnesses in the nation's capital during the rainy season, the Delhi Government's Department of Drug Control issued a warning on July 19.

The advice stressed that medicines from the Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Diclofenac groups may now only be sold with a prescription from a Registered Medical Practitioner. Earlier, on July 17, Delhi Mayor Shelly Oberoi personally visited several hospitals in the capital city and instructed the sanitation department to carry out a thorough cleanliness blitz to reduce the risk of infectious diseases in the flood-affected areas.

Addressing the reporters during the visit, Shelly explained that the inspection of hospitals was crucial, given the widespread presence of diseases like dengue, chikungunya, and malaria due to the floodwater. To effectively mitigate the dengue and malaria cases, the sanitation department has been tasked with conducting a thorough cleanliness drive in the flood-affected regions.

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