New Delhi:  The sudden demise of legendary filmmaker Yash Chopra after being diagonised with dengue and Vineet Chawdhary, deputy director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) falling victim of the deadly fever, has left the Delhites in the state of panic.

With the new case of AIIMS deputy director, who also heads the sanitation sevices at the country’s premium hospital, 685 cases of dengue have been diagonised so far in the capital.
Two children have so far succumbed to dengue ever since the disease began spreading in the capital early this month.
Thirty cases were reported from three municipal corporations while two were from the VVIP areas of the capital. One case originated from outside the capital.
South Delhi Municipal Corporation reported the maximum number of cases at 256, while 227 cases were detected from the North Delhi Municipal Corporation area and 171 cases have so far been reported from East Delhi Municipal Corporation.
Other cases were reported from NDMC and Delhi cantonment areas. Out of the 685 cases, seven cases have been reported from outside Delhi.
The capital saw 548 cases of dengue, including eight originating from outside, and four deaths last year while the year before reported 4,903 cases, including 26 from outside, and eight deaths.
In 2009, there were 172 dengue cases and no deaths while in 2008, there were 995 dengue cases and two deaths.

With 33 fresh cases of Dengue reported in Delhi, there have been 685 cases so far with two deaths.
The Health Ministry has already held meetings in Delhi and Chennai to review the situation and asked states to step up awareness campaign and fogging to check the spread of dengue, besides increasing testing facilities.
While states have been asked to step up awareness campaign and focus on a cleanliness drive, the Ministry has extended support for setting up more testing facilities for dengue and offered training facilities for even private doctors.

A detailed Action Plan for improved source reduction, sanitation, fogging, strengthening of diagnostic facilities and IEC activities was asked to be put in place by New Delhi Municipal Corporation and Municipal Corporations of South, East & North Delhi.


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