As dengue and malaria cases surge in Delhi, a doctor from a government hospital emphasized that the uptick is in line with seasonal patterns.
Dr. Harsh Bhardwaj from Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) Hospital informed that the rise in dengue and malaria cases in the national capital is a predictable seasonal occurrence. He urged caution, advising individuals to take preventive measures against these vector-borne illnesses.
Surge in dengue cases primarily a result of the weather conditions
Attributing the increase in such diseases to the prevailing weather conditions, Dr. Bhardwaj noted, “The surge is primarily a result of the weather conditions, particularly the rainy season, which leads to water accumulation—a conducive environment for vector breeding. This subsequently results in a higher transmission rate.”
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Dr. Bhardwaj emphasized various precautions to minimize risks: “People should avoid eating in unsanitary environments, prevent water accumulation in containers and tires to hinder mosquito breeding, and consider disinfectant spraying.”
Elaborating on the situation, he explained, “During this season, the occurrence of fever cases typically rises. Fever can be attributed to illnesses such as typhoid, dengue, malaria, and chikungunya. We have established a functional fever clinic at GTB Hospital and have sufficient resources to manage these patients.”
According to a recent report from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the past week alone saw 105 new dengue cases, 13 malaria cases, and one chikungunya case reported. As of August 5 this year, the cumulative figures for the year indicate 348 cases of dengue, 85 cases of malaria, and 15 cases of chikungunya.