In total, more than 3,000 domestic breeding checkers have been pressed into action by all three corporations to control the outbreak. East Delhi Municipal Corporation, which has areas close to the river, has marked 16 areas as red zones where mosquito density is high.n“Intensive fogging has been added to the routine rounds and extra workers are deployed to check tanks, coolers, pots for water accumulation with mosquito larvae,” said Ajay Handa, additional medical health officer, EDMC.
EDMC has deployed 830 people to manage the operations on the ground with 256 spray pumps, two big tankers, six small tankers for fogging.
While the blame game continues among the councillors of AAP and BJP, six people have lost their lives due to dengue.
“There is enough required amount of Cyphenothrin pesticide that is mixed with petroleum-based products like diesel or kerosene oil to spray areas. There is definitely a rise in the number of fogging demands so intensive measures are being taken,” said a high-ranking official in South Delhi Municipal Corporation’s public health department.
SDMC has deployed 1,120 domestic breeding checkers with 1,200 spray pumps and 490 hand held fogging machines.
The fumigation is carried in two shifts — 5am to 7am and then around the same time in the evening.
EDMC says it is facng another major issue of patients coming from neighboring Uttar Pradesh with bogus addresses. “This creates a problem for us as we are unable to locate the exact place of residence to eliminate dengue mosquitos. Hospitals should have better process to verify the addresses” added Handa.
North Delhi Municipal Corporation, which has the highest number of cases — 371, also has the highest number of domestic breeding checkers, 1,533.