Mosquito-friendly Delhi worries MCD

Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour

HOSPITAL, police stations, offices, educational institutions are leading the list of defaulters in dengue prevention measures in the capital.

Already spending sleepless nights over an alarming rate of mosquito breeding in the Capital, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is worried as Delhiites are not co-operating to control mosquito breeding in what is called the peak season for dengue.

“The detection of mosquito breeding at thousands of premises in the national capital is a cause of concern for the health department of the MCD. Around 30,000 cases of Aedis mosquito breeding have been detected. Legal notices have been issued to 29,776 persons, said Dr NK Yadav, municipal Health Officer.

“About 1800 persons have been challenged for creating mosquitogenic conditions,” he said.

Immediate medical care 

According to doctors, dengue patients should immediately be admitted to a hospital.

“Though prevention is the best cure, if symptoms like abrupt onset of high fever, severe frontal headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint pains, nausea and vomiting, measles-like rashes over chest and upper limbs and loss of appetite are observed, they should immediately be reported to a doctor,” said Dr Sanjay Kumar, Pediatrician, Kasturba Hospital.

Special care 

People suffering from heart diseases, pregnant women and kids need to take special care in order to stay away from the grip of dengue.

Dengue fever can cause some complications in case of pregnant women.

Dr Shivani Sachdev Gaur, Infertility Specialist and Gynecologist, SCI Healthcare, says “If a pregnant women if afflicted by dengue it could lead to conditions such a pleural effusion (water in the lungs), lung enlargement and complication in labor as in baby passing meconium in the uterus, reduced fetal movements, high need for caesarean section for delivery, excessive bleeding during the delivery or poor healing of the wound of the caesarean.”

Cardiac Risk

On the effects of dengue on the patients suffering from heart condition, Dr. Umesh Gupta, Senior Cardiologist, Umkal Healthcare said, “Dengue very rarely affects heart but if the virus travels but in some extreme cases it may lead to a severe condition called Mycarditis which is swelling of the heart muscles leading to the decrease in the pumping capacity which might lead to strokes.

“It also causes Pericardial effusion a condition in which the pericardium layer that surrounds the heart, fills with water,” she added.

Dr Sonali Gaur Pediatrician, Umkal Healthcare, Gurgaon states that kids below the age of 15 years can be affected by dengue shock syndrome in severe cases.

Prevent Dengue

  • Change water in flower vase, clean the plants and their roots
  • Clear stagnant water in air-coolers
  • Always wear full sleeves as dengue mosquito bites during the day 
  • Use mosquito repellents and colls 
  • Clean and change water in overhead tanks. Keep them covered
  • Put a few drops of kerosene oil in overhead tans and air-collers to prevent mosquito breeding