Delhi is seeing perhaps one of the worst virul onslaughts in the recent years. The situation has only worsened with the nearly 150 per cent increase in the Chikungunya cases, even surpassing those of Dengue. The official number of chikungunya cases in the national capital has now mounted to 2,625, while those of dengue were recorded above 1300.
According to a municipal report released on Monday, at least 1,568 chikungunya cases were recorded till September 17 in the last week, marking a massive rise of nearly 150 per cent from the previous count.
1,057 confirmed cases of chikungunya were reported till September 10, which was followed by a major spike in the disease last week.
At least 15 fatalities due to chikungunya complications have been reported at various hospitals in the city, though SDMC — which tabulates the data on behalf of all the civic bodies – and the Delhi government have not acknowledged these deaths yet.
The death toll due to dengue, however, in the national capital has risen to 19, as the city continued to grapple with the twin viral onslaught.
“In 2011, the total number of cases for chikungunya was 107, 6 (in 2012), 18 (2013), 8 (2014) and 64 last year. No deaths were recorded in these five years,” according to official figures.
The issue has put AAP-ruled Delhi government under severe criticism with opposition alleging failure on the part of city government to deal with the situation.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who had last week put the onus of dealing with the crisis on Central government and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, has now adopted a different posture after facing stinging criticism from the opposition as well as general public.
Making a fervent appeal to all to shun politics, he appealed everyone to jointly tackle the menace of vector-borne diseases on a war-footing. The Delhi government has now prepared a roadmap for fogging which is being undertaken by its Public Works Department.
On Monday, Delhi’s Deputy CM Manish Sisodia was on the receiving end of public angst with a man throwing an ink at him while he was getting into his car outside the Lieutenant Governor’s office.
The man, who was arrested soon after, said he was angry with the Deputy Chief Minister for his Finland tour at a time when the city was grappling with a health crisis.
(With inputs from the PTI)