New Delhi: Delhi has experienced a substantial surge in dengue cases this year, reaching a five-year record high with a total of 187 reported cases as of July 22. This figure marks the highest number of cases reported for this period since 2018.
In response to the outbreak, Delhi Health Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj announced on Sunday that the Delhi government has issued orders to launch dengue awareness programs in schools and among the general public.
“We have given instructions to the Health Department and DIP to run a campaign regarding Dengue in schools and among common people. Hospitals will be made ready for dengue cases. I also had a discussion with MCD Commissioner regarding the same today” Bhardwaj said.
According to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s (MCD) most recent weekly bulletin, the city has already reported a troubling number of dengue cases. Around 65 cases were registered in the first three weeks of July alone, following 40 cases in June and 23 cases in May.
Bhardwaj further said that he will be inspecting hospitals, dispensaries, and mohalla clinics on Monday.
Earlier, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had convened a meeting at the Delhi Secretariat. Health Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj, Mayor Shelly Oberoi, and representatives from other departments attended the meeting. The objective was to address the alarming increase in dengue cases and devise effective strategies to combat the outbreak.