The Kejriwal government is keeping a close watch and working to curb the dengue situation in Delhi, although only 221 patients have been admitted to hospitals. During the peak of COVID-19, thirty thousand beds were arranged in Delhi; thanks to this infrastructure, there is no shortage of beds in the hospitals of Delhi. The responsibility of spraying anti-dengue medicines and taking out cleanliness drives rests with the MCD, yet the Delhi government is monitoring the situation. As a precautionary measure, the Kejriwal government has increased the number of beds in Delhi hospitals for vector-borne diseases.
Out of the total patients admitted in Delhi hospitals about 25 per cent are outsiders
Only 221 patients are admitted in Delhi’s hospitals. Out of the total patients admitted in Delhi hospitals, 25 percent are outsiders. Still, the number of dengue patients in Delhi is as low as it was in 2019.
Dengue is completely under control in Delhi. There are only 221 patients admitted in Delhi’s hospitals. Out of which only 179 patients are from Delhi. Apart from this, 42 patients have come from other states. According to official sources in the Delhi Government, out of the 21 hospitals, three hospitals do not have a single patient admitted in them, while 10 hospitals have just single-digit patients.
Only 25 per cent of the total patients of fever tested Dengue positive
There is no need to panic about dengue in Delhi. Out of all the fever patients coming to the hospitals in Delhi, only 25 per cent are being found dengue positive. Other fever patients are being discharged from the hospital in a day or two.
There is no shortage of beds in Delhi’s hospitals
There are about 11 thousand beds in Delhi Government Hospitals and only 221 patients are admitted in Delhi’s hospitals. It is clear from this that there is no dearth of beds in the hospitals of Delhi. However, fever patients are coming to some hospitals, due to which there is overcrowding. But, such patients who are not dengue positive after the test are recovering in a day or two and going back.
’10 Hafte, 10 Baje, 10 Minute’ campaign keeping a check on dengue in Delhi
Dengue has come under control in Delhi after the Kejriwal government launched the ’10 Hafte, 10 Baje, 10 Minute’ campaign in 2019. Delhi had reported only 1,069 dengue cases in 2019 till October, 612 cases in 2020 and 723 cases in 2021 so far. Whereas before this, 14,889 cases were reported in 2015, 3,650 in 2016, 3,829 in 2017, 1,595 in 2018. It is clear from this that this campaign has helped a lot in curbing dengue. Along with this, the deaths due to dengue have also been curbed. Delhi had the least number of dengue deaths in 2019. So far this year, only one death has been reported from dengue.
Before the formation of the Kejriwal government, there was a dreadful situation of dengue
Before the formation of the Kejriwal government in Delhi, the dengue situation was very dire. The death toll was also much higher. Dengue deaths have also come down after the anti-dengue campaign was launched after the formation of the Kejriwal government in Delhi. There has been 1 death so far this year. Earlier, 1 person had died in 2020 and 2 in 2019. Whereas 60 people lost their lives in 2015, 10 in 2016, 10 in 2017 and 4 in 2018.
The number of beds reserved for COVID patients was reduced to 10 per cent so that there can be enough beds for dengue patients
The Covid infection rate in Delhi was 0.2 per cent till 17 June 2021, which has come down to 0.06 per cent by 17 October 2021. In such a situation, the Kejriwal government has reduced the number of beds reserved for Covid patients in Delhi’s hospitals due to the increase in the number of the vector-borne disease and the decrease in Covid infection. The number of beds reserved for Covid patients in private hospitals has been reduced from 30 per cent to 10 per cent now. The number of Covid beds in LNJP Hospital has been reduced from 700 to 400 in this direction. The number of Covid beds in AGSS Hospital has been decreased from 600 to 350. Now these additional beds will be used for treatment of vector borne diseases.
Dengue cases in Delhi (year wise) till October
Year Total Cases
2021 723 (by 16 October)
The Dengue situation in Delhi is completely under control. Adequate number of beds are present in the hospitals of Delhi. Not only this, patients from outside Delhi are also being treated in Delhi hospitals. At present, 25 per cent of the total dengue patients present in Delhi hospitals are from outside Delhi. Delhi hospitals are treating everyone. Things are still the same as they were in 2019. Corona was on peak in 2020. People were in homes. Because of this, the cases came down rapidly. But this year as well the situation is expected to remain the same. – Satyendar Jain, Health Minister, Delhi Government