Whopping 1,832 new dengue cases were reported across Delhi in five days, as per the data released by the municipalities on Thursday, taking the total number of cases this year to 9,438.
From October 3 to Thursday, the number of deaths caused by dengue went up from 25 to 30. But, health officials of the civic bodies say the spike in cases is due to better reporting by hospitals and the delayed processing of samples taken during the long October 2 weekend.
A senior South Delhi Municipal Corporation official said, “Hospitals in the outer Delhi area are reporting cases on time. Plus, the testing of samples got a bit delayed during the Gandhi Jayanti weekend so the cases of the previous week were not recorded in the last report.” Usually October and November see dengue peak in Delhi. For instance, of last year’s total 995 cases, 762 were recorded in those two months.
According to officials, the number of people contracting the disease is falling now after an unusually deadly month of September where more than 6,000 cases were recorded.
“The cases fall as the temperature dips. This can be seen in the number of patients being admitted to our hospitals and those attending our fever clinics,” said Dr. D.K. Seth, director of the hospital administration of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation.
The North Corporation’s Bara Hindu Rao Hospital was seeing the average of 500 patients coming to its fever clinic through September.
In contrast, Dr. Seth said the clinic was practically deserted now. As of 8 a.m. on Thursday, there were 289 dengue patients admitted to the hospital, down from a peak of 600 on September 15.
Meanwhile, as per the report released on Thursday, of the total 9,438 cases this year, 8,221 patients got the infection in Delhi and the remaining in neighbouring States.
The South Delhi Municipal Corporation’s Najafgarh zone has the highest number of cases at 756, followed by the East Delhi Municipal Corporation’s Shahdara (north) zone at 655.
the spike in cases is due to better reporting by hospitals and the delayed processing of samples taken during the long October 2 weekend