According to a municipal report released on Monday, at least 89 cases of chikungunya have been reported in Delhi this year despite CM Arvind Kejriwal’s direction to make a general plan for Delhi to fight the vector-borne diseases. The season for vector-borne diseases has however ended but reports of such cases continue to hit the national capital.
Total 36 cases of dengue have been reported till May 13. As many as 4,431 cases of dengue were reported till the end of 2016, according to the report of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation which tabulates the data on behalf of all municipal corporations in the city.
Of the 89 reported cases of chikungunya, 19 were recorded last month, while 34 were diagnosed in March. 20 cases were detected in January and 13 in February. Three cases have been registered this month. 6 cases of dengue were reported on January, 4 on February, 11 in March and as many in April, while four cases have been recorded in May.
However, Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday that Delhi would be made mosquito-free to eliminate vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya, and directed authorities to make a comprehensive plan for it.
The directions were issued at a high-level meeting of officers from the three municipal corporations and the Delhi government, chaired by the chief minister. “Delhi will be made mosquito-free. We will have to get rid of mosquito-borne diseases. It will be made a people’s movement. It is only possible with people’s participation,” Kejriwal tweeted.