NEW DELHI: Health minister A K Walia has directed all city hospitals to send complete reports of dengue and malaria cases to check under-reporting of cases.
Walia, who chaired a meeting of top health officials on Monday, said exact reporting of the mosquito-borne diseases was necessary to develop a more effective strategy to tackle such ailments.
Dengue has claimed two lives so far — a nine-year-old girl from Sangam Vihar and a 34-year-old man from Loni, Ghaziabad — and 76 people have been confirmed positive in the city. More than 800 malaria cases have also been reported.
"Instructions have been issued to all the government and private hospitals to send complete reports with addresses of the patients so that a proper analysis could be made with regard to the location of the cases. The hospitals have been asked to indicate the type of tests carried out on the patients," said Walia.
Construction sites have turned out to be the most vulnerable areas for breeding of mosquitoes and the maximum number of cases is being reported from areas where large-scale building work is going on.
So far, 29 dengue patients have been identified by North Delhi Municipal Corporation, 32 by the South corporation and nine by the East corporation.
The malaria cases reported by these three corporations are 331, 324 and 172, respectively. In addition, 1,032 cases have been reported from the neighbouring states.
However, municipal health officials said they report only those malaria cases confirmed positive at the clinics run by them. "The practice to report malaria cases confirmed positive at private hospitals, clinics and path labs has been started only this year," said a senior official.