Even though the most prone season for vector-borne diseases has ended, new cases of chikungunya and dengue are still being reported in the national capital. Around 86 cases of chikungunya and 32 cases of dengue have been detected in Delhi till April. The total cases of dengue last year was 4,431. The data is collected and compiled by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation for the entire city on behalf of all municipal corporations in the city. In the first four months of 2017, 19 chikungunya cases were recorded in April, 34 in March, 13 in February and 20 in January. Keeping in view the possibility of an outbreak of vector-borne diseases, Lt Governor Anil Baijal has asked Delhi government-run LNJP Hospital to keep beds ready for dengue and chikungunya patients.
It may be recalled that last year, Delhi had experienced its worst chikungunya outbreak in the last 10 years. The government had managed to control it by December 2016. However, since new cases are being reported, the government is taking proactive steps to avoid a repeat of last year’s outbreak. All the municipal corporations have already finalized a detailed action plan to tackle any possible outbreak of vector-borne diseases this year.