Staff Reporter

The move vital to check the breeding of mosquitoes, says Yoganand Shastri

NEW DELHI: Taking a serious view of the dengue outbreak in the Capital, Delhi Health Minister Yoganand Shastri on Monday ordered immediate closure and drying of all artificial water bodies in the city including public fountains till the cases of the disease come down.

Stating that the move was vital to check the breeding of mosquitoes, he added that the Health Department would extend all financial support to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to purchase equipment and fogging machines to control dengue.

The Minister also chaired a meeting with senior Delhi Government and health officials to review the dengue situation in the city.

Speaking about the dengue problem, he said: "A total of 957 cases of dengue have been reported so far out of which 590 are from Delhi and others from nearby States."

The Minister has instructed senior Delhi Government officials to monitor dengue control programmes in co-ordination with the MCD. He directed that precautionary steps be taken and fogging done regularly. He also appealed to all the citizens to participate in the anti-dengue programmes and extend their support and co-operation to the Government to control dengue.

Meanwhile, the Central Zone has reported the maximum number of dengue cases so far at 110. The number of cases in other zones has been: Shahdara North 70, Shahdara South 46, Civil Lines Zones 33, Rohini 36, Karol Bagh 48, West Zone 45, South Zone 37 and Najafgarh 72. Twenty-three cases have also been reported from the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area.