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Dengue and chikungunya greet Delhi again; government issues tips for prevention
Nearly 150 cases of chikungunya have been reported in Delhi so far this year, with 9 of them being recorded this month alone. The Delhi government seems to be relentlessly working forward to eradicating this menace from the city, but it is not as easy as it might seem to be fighting mosquitoes.

Despite all the measures being taken by the Delhi government to tackle this problem, the main motive is to create awareness among the people. This will help in countering the diseases at the grass root level. 

If you are a resident of Delhi, you will be well aware of these diseases and might have heard these names more than you are supposed to. 

In advertising hoardings, radio advertisements, newspapers and even if you are surfing YouTube, don't be surprised if you come across an add asking you to beware of these deadly diseases.

India saw an alarming rise in the doubling up of dengue cases from 2014 to 2015. The worst hit city was Delhi as it saw more than sixteen thousand cases of dengue fever being registered which was coupled with 60 odd deaths. In 2016, five hundred dengue cases and 12221 chikungunya cases with twenty deaths were registered.

Union health ministry has adopted a 3 tier strategy to beat mosquito-borne diseases this time around.

1. The first measure involves the adoption of preventive measures. This caters to the awareness among the masses. The civic and local bodies have been assigned the task to identify the breeding spots and control them. All the MCDs have been asked to submit reports on weekly basis on the actions they have taken.

2. The second step involves the fumigation and destruction of the mosquito-genic conditions.

3. The 3rd steps involves tackling those already affected with the diseases. All the Delhi government hospitals have been equipped with 750 beds specifically for dengue and chikungunya patients. The private hospitals, clinics and dispensaries have been asked to increase 10 per cent beds.

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