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Dangers On Wings: Rains To Increase Vector-Borne Disease Threat

Experts have already warned authorities in Delhi, about the possibility of this year being the worst cases of the spread of vector-borne diseases. Municipal Government Health Officials have stated that the number of malaria, chikungunya and dengue victims start to rise as the monsoons begin and often continue to do so till the end of November. Municipal corporations have been doing a lot of awareness drives to prevent the spread of such avoidable diseases through the distribution of information pamphlets and by driving around vehicles that have loudspeakers via which such preventive measures have been broadcasted in residential areas. Despite their awareness campaigns, a study revealed that more than 58,000 households had cases of mosquitoes breeding in their compounds.

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Government offices have been issued notices for having not used preventive measures against the breeding of mosquitoes. The same has even been done to a Monument (which is also a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site). The monument in question is Humayun's Tomb, while the Government offices that were notified include (but are not restricted to), the Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL), an office of the Public Works Department (PWD) and also a Delhi Metro Project site in Munirka.

“Though we look forward to the monsoon each year as it spells relief from the summer heat, it also brings with it a range of infections and diseases. The warm, wet and humid weather conditions form a breeding ground for mosquito-related illnesses, water-borne infections and viral infections. They are at their peak. During this season, all of us, especially children and senior citizens, can be affected and need to take precautions.” –  D. S. Chadha (Director, the Department of Internal Medicine, Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital)

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