Dengue cases in Delhi rise to 321, MCD leaders voice concern

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New Delhi, Sep 18 (UNI) The number of Dengue cases in Delhi today shot up to 321 with 27 new cases being reported from the city in the last 24 hours.

Speaking at the meeting of the Standing committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, MCD chief health officer N K Yadav also said the number of deaths due to Dengue had risen to two.

At the meeting of the Standing committee, MCD councillors, cutting across party lines, expressed concern over the rise in the number of Dengue cases over the last month.

Congress councillor Anita Babbar said the increase in the number of cases in Delhi over the last month was a matter of concern.

Attributing the rise in Dengue cases to the laxity of the administration, she said the MCD cannot escape responsibility by explaining away the rise in Dengue cases to the heavy rainfall over the last two months.

MCD chief Health officer N K Yadav said the maximum number of cases had been reported from Najafgarh, West and Rohini Zone.

He said that with the level of breeding of the Dengue virus across the city still being high, the number of people infected with the virus was only expected to rise in the coming days.

''It is indeed a matter of concern that the breeding of the Dengue virus is still at a such a high level,''he said.

At the same time, he said the MCD was undertaking several measures including spreading widespread awareness among the public about anti-Dengue measures to tackle the disease.

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