Breaking the record of past seven years, the number of dengue patients in Rajasthan has shot up drastically. In 2013, the number of cases reached around 2,500 which itself speaks volumes about the complete failure on part of the civic body and health department and also highlights the level at which they work.
Till last week, dengue positive patients’ number reached 2,136, which has now touched the 2,300 mark. The whopping figure is, however, the highest in past seven years in the state.
State’s top hospital, SMS, is flooding with dengue patients as more than 20 patients are being tested positive on an average day. While maximum number of patients is being reported from districts including Dausa, Sikar, Ajmer and others, Jaipur is also not lagging behind as large numbers of patients suffering from dengue are being reported from Jaipur.
Since 2007, the number of dengue patients never touched the 2,000 mark. State hospitals registered 1,295 cases in 2012. The number decreased in 2011 to 1,100. In 2010, it went up to 1,823 which again came down to 1,389 cases in 2009. While in 2007 and 2008 the patients’ number was as low as 700.
The health officials claim that they are taking all possible steps to check the spread of disease in the city, while the Jaipur Municipal Corporation officials denied having a hand in the spread of the disease.
“We are continuing to keep check and mark the places which can lead to patients’ problems.
Anti-larval activities are being carried out in state and special attention is being given to Jaipur where many areas reported diseases caused by mosquitos,” Dr BR Meena, director, Public Health told dna.
The number of cases may soon come down as the temperatures are coming down and Aedes Aegypti (the mosquito responsible for dengue) won’t get conditions where it can breed easily, the director added.
This year, number of dengue cases reached around 2,500 which speaks volumes about the failure of authorities and also highlights the level at which they work. Till last week, the number of dengue positive patients had reached 2,136, which has now touched the 2,300 mark.