There is a decrease in dengue, malaria and chikungunya rates in New Delhi 2020

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New Delhi: According to reports, the capital Delhi has seen fewer cases of dengue, malaria and chikungunya in 2020 compared to recent years. However, senior public health department officials said there is not yet a clear picture of the cause of the Covid-19 outbreak at the city hospital.

Dengue, malaria and chikungunya occur weekly in 36 hospitals in the city’s town halls. However, officials say this could happen because of Covid-19. During the lockdown, the anti-malaria department notes a drop in weekly malaria reports.

Delhi has seen 40 cases of malaria so far, almost double the 75 cases in 2019 and 2018, according to the latest weekly report. These 36 hospitals include all major government hospitals and some private hospitals. Hospitals like LNJP, Hindu Rao, AIIMS, RML, Safdarjung, Babu Jagjivan Ram are included in this list.

The senior official said that since Covid patients are treated in a major hospital, people may prefer to go to their local clinics for treatment. He went on to say that these are early days and there are still several weeks left before the monsoon. If there is no clear data, it could become a major crisis for the people.

If we capture more data, we can get the right report in it. Apart from this, most of the people from the health department are testing for Kovid by going door to door thanks to Kovid.

The official explained the surveillance process and said vector-borne disease cases from sentinel hospitals are reported to the management information center at Connaught Place and Integrated Disease Surveillance Program officials.

SDMC is the node reporting agency in the capital. A proposal was sent to the government last year to make mosquito-borne disease reporting mandatory for clinics in the city to declare it a “dangerous disease”, but it is still awaiting notification. Another health official said: “Such a notification would significantly improve the data collection process and help authorities prepare a better response plan.”

Source: ET Health

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