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Posted at: Nov 11, 2019, 8:06 AM; last updated: Nov 11, 2019, 8:06 AM (IST)

Dengue battle won: Kejriwal

16-year-old dengue suspect dies

  • New Delhi: A 16-year-old girl, suspected to be suffering from dengue, has died here, officials said today. A resident of East Kidwai Nagar housing complex, she was admitted to Max Hospital here and was running fever for the last 8-10 days, a senior official of the Delhi Health Department said. However, it has not been confirmed if the fatality was due to dengue. PTI
Dengue battle won: Kejriwal
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inspects his home for stagnant water to prevent mosquito-borne diseases. Tribune photo

New Delhi, November 10

Less than 1,100 cases of dengue and no deaths due to the mosquito-borne disease have been reported so far this year in the city, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday.

In a video message posted on Twitter, he said this was an achievement in comparison to 2015, when over 15,000 dengue cases had been recorded and 60 people had died in the national capital.

Kejriwal lauded the residents’ efforts in following the ‘10-hafte, 10-baje, 10-minute’ campaign launched by him on September 1.

It required people to look for stagnant water in and around their homes for 10 minutes at 10 am every Sunday for 10 weeks and dispose it of to prevent breeding of mosquito larvae.

Congratulating Delhiites “for winning the battle against dengue”, the Chief Minister said: “I am proud of you Delhi. There are more than 100 countries affected by dengue. Nobody could understand the cure for dengue, but Delhi showed the way.”

He said such campaigns should be run not only in other states of the country, but also worldwide.

He said that till last week, less than 1,100 reported cases of the disease and no deaths due to it were recorded during this year.

Of the total dengue cases, there were 787 in October, the highest in any month so far this year, while in the same month 249 malaria cases were also recorded, according to a report.

Dengue mosquito larvae breed in clear, standing water, while those of malaria thrive even in dirty water. — PTI

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