Even though the Yamuna has receded below the danger mark, the threat of vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria loom large over the areas that were flooded as well as in the relief camps set up by the government.
“Due to increased presence of certain virus and bacteria in the air during the monsoon, the number of patients suffering from water-borne diseases, such as typhoid, cholera, leptospirosis and hepatitis A, are on the rise in the Capital,” said N K Yadav, chief medical officer, South Delhi Municipal Corporation. “Relief camps are being sprayed with anti-malaria medicines daily and the families are being provided with chlorine to keep drinking water safe,” he said.
“The receding river water has left behind pools of stagnant water thus providing a breeding ground for flies, mosquitoes and insects that spread the diseases.
Few of us are suffering from skin diseases and fever,” said Tenzin Sonam, a shopkeeper in the Monastery area. “Several people in the area are complaining of stomach pain, fever, fungal infections and boils. The situation is worse in the relief camps since so many people are huddled in small tents that have scarce sanitation arrangements,” said Tsewang Lhamo, who lives in the Majnu ka Tila
Doctors meanwhile have advised residents to drink boiled water if possible and ensure that their surrounding are clean.
“Those who already suffer from asthama, breathlessness, etc should take their medications on time,” said Dr S P Byotra, chairperson, department of medicine, Gangaram hospital. Meanwhile, the Delhi Government has directed its health department and the municipal corporations to maintain cleanliness and sanitation around the camps.