While chikungunya cases have risen to more than 1,000 in Delhi, dengue cases have shot up to 1,158 in the capital with 390 of them being recorded in the first 10 days of September.Â According to National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), as many asÂ 12,255 cases of chikungunya have been reported across IndiaÂ till August 31. Karnataka has recorded 8,941 cases, Maharashtra 839 and Andhra Pradesh 492.
Doctors say chikungunya was not a life-threatening disease, but in rare cases leads to complications that could prove fatal, especially for children and senior citizens. Incidentally, Isha of Kabir Nagar died at Hindu Rao Hospital, one of the biggest civic hospitals in Delhi, due to “complications triggered by chikungunya.”
One more suspected chikungunya death has also been reported at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, but hospital authorities are yet to confirm it. According to reports, the death took place sometime in September.
At AIIMS laboratories, 1,360 chikungunya blood test samples have tested positive till September 11, as per data. Authorities at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital said, “One more person suffering from chikungunya has been admitted to the ICU.”
In the past 10 days, the hospital has tested 524 samples each for dengue and chikungunya, out of which five and 293 cases respectively have tested positive, he said. Out of the 1,057 total cases of chikungunya, this season in Delhi, 497 were reported in the past week, reflecting a rise of 90 percent.
Meanwhile, Union Health Minister JP Nadda on September 14 said there were no complaints regarding the shortage of medicine or doctors.