The number of people suffering from dengue is steadily on the rise with 271 cases reported from Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) so far.
With 24 more patients testing positive for dengue in Delhi on Friday, the number touched 137. Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon too, are witnessing a spurt in the vector-borne disease.
"All the 12 zones under the jurisdiction of South, North and East Delhi municipalities, barring the West zone, have reported dengue cases. Out of the 137 cases so far, three have originated from outside the Capital," statements issued by the civic bodies said.
The situation in Gurgaon is no different. The government health officials have already claimed 92 confirmed cases and doctors suspect the number could go up.
Two private nursing homes have reported dengue deaths but government officials are yet to ratify the claims. Most of the positive cases have been detected in posh localities such as Sushant Lok, DLF city and HUDA sectors.
Doctors claim patients have been thronging private hospitals instead of government hospitals owing to better facilities and speedy treatment.
"We have detected 92 cases so far. We have constituted a medical team comprising some top doctors to monitor the situation. Each team has been given assignments to check the ground reality.Our priority is to make people aware about this decease because prevention is very important to stop its spread," said Praveen Garg, the chief medical officer (CMO) of Gurgaon.
"There is a shortage of staff and medical equipment to cover all corners of the district but this time the district administration has hired 100 more people to carry out fogging in both posh and under-developed areas. We have also purchased fogging machines of good qualities. Our medical teams have been fighting hard to cope with this disease," he added.
Noida reported 16 fresh cases of dengue on Thursday, taking the figure to 42. The medical lab of the Ghaziabad district hospital had received a total of 80 blood samples; 48 from Noida and 32 from Ghaziabad.
"Four patients have tested positive in our area. One person has died due to dengue.We have also conducted a survey in the residential areas of all the people who have tested positive," said Dr Ajay Aggarwal, CMO, Ghaziabad.