21 August 2010
New Delhi, India
‘‘We feel the situation could be as serious as it was in 2006 when dengue outbreak was declared in the capital. We have sent 12 teams in all MCD zones to strengthen the vector control programme. Our officials will be inspecting sites and preparing an assessment report,’’ said an senior NVBDCP official.
Experts fear the rise in number of cases is indicative of an ‘‘outbreak-like situation’’ this year. ‘‘In the last eight years, MCD has never reported close to 350 cases in the month of August. If mosquito breeding is happening then one has to take timely measures,’’ said a senior doctor.
MCD said it was trying its best. ‘‘Our officials are trying their best to control breeding. People have to be conscious and should ensure that there is no breeding happening in their surroundings. Our breeding checker are trying to cover maximum houses, but they can repeat a visit only after one month, therefore, people have to be extra cautious,’’ said Dr NK Yadav, MHO at the civic body.