New Delhi authorities gear up to combat chikungunya threat
Nearly 100 cases of the mosquito-borne virus have been reported this year
As the authorities gear up to combat outbreaks of vector-borne diseases, health officials have announced that nearly 96 cases of chikungunya have been reported in Delhi so far this year, 10 of them this month.
According to ANI, the Delhi High Court will be hearing a suo motu cognizance demanding action by the government and civic authorities to stop the spread of diseases such as dengue and chikungunya.
According to a municipal report, there have been 40 cases of dengue reported so far in 2017.
Earlier this month, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal directed authorities to formulate a comprehensive plan to make the national capital a mosquito-free zone.
However, the High Court – in a move seen as critical of the central government, the Delhi Government, and the civic agencies – asked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to accelerate the process of mapping vulnerable areas where dengue and chikungunya cases have been reported.
Delhi’s first ever chikungunya outbreak, in 2016, affected 9,661 people, ANI reported. Although chikungunya and dengue cases in the national capital had tapered off by December last year, ending the vector-borne disease season in the city, some cases are still being registered, prompting the authorities to take action.