Not Good At All- Dengue Fever in India

News online says there is a dengue fever outbreak in Delhi. Here’s the report from a newspaper there.

Published 2006-10-07 10:59 (KST)

In India, almost 3,000 fresh cases of mosquito born dengue disease have been detected and more than 35 deaths have been recorded all over the country. The national capital, New Delhi is very much gripped in the suspected dengue and more than 600 cases of infection alone are reported in the capital.

India’s most famous hospital and medical institute All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) clearly depicted in their report that more that 250 patients were admitted within 24 hours. More than 35 people died due to the dengue virus, and New Delhi alone claims 17 deaths.

There is a saying that when a problem comes it does not differentiate between the king and the poor; it attacks all equally. The Indian Prime Minister’s two teenaged grandsons, Rohan and Madhav, were also suspected of being in the grip of this dengue fever but now, according to AIIMS authorities, they are quite well and in a stable condition.

Dengue has been reported from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Kerala, Maharahtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujrat, West Bengal, Karnataka, Uttaranchal and Bihar. Delhi and Kerala both are much affected states.

Dengue is now increasing, and it seems that the measures to stop it are not efficient because of the enhancement of the cases from the last 24 hours. After looking into the matter, the Delhi high court has sought an explanation from the central and state governments of Delhi as well as the Delhi Municipal Corporation about their inefficient work of dealing with outbreak of dengue in the national capital.

On the other hand, Indian Union Health Minister, Anbumani Ramadoss clearly said that the situation is under control and there was no need for alarm.

But I will go.

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