New Delhi: Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena on Monday (October 23), directed the Delhi Chief Secretary and NDMC Chairman to ensure proper sanitation and mitigation of mosquito breeding on a war footing to put a curb on rising cases of dengue in the national capital. Taking to social media platform X (formerly Twitter), LG said, “The rising cases of Dengue and related hospitalization in Delhi, despite a dip in temperature, are worrying. Spoke to the Chief Secretary, NDMC Chairman, MCD Commissioner & Secretary (Health), GNCTD to ensure proper sanitation and mitigation of mosquito breeding on a war footing.” He added,
Also asked them to ascertain adequate facilities at dispensaries and hospitals. I appeal to the people to take all necessary precautionary measures.
Notably, this year national capital might have gone through its worst dengue outbreak since 2015, with over 3,000 cases reported so far.
Dengue cases usually spike in September and in the first two weeks of October, and as the temperatures begin to drop gradually Dengue case also comes down as temperatures of around 20°C make the environment inhospitable for the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which causes dengue. But this year despite the temperature going down the cases are still on surge causing worry for the administration.
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