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Delhi records highest dengue cases as national count doubles

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: Number of dengue cases reported in the country went up to 19,704 this year, which is double of the last year’s figures. By the end of August, cases have already crossed 2014’s count of 10,097.

The alarming data also revealed that 41 people have lost their lives till now. Last year 37 deaths were reported due to dengue. However some sort of relief has come in the form of falling fatality rate which has gone down to 0.20 percent.

According to a Health Ministry statement, fatality rate last peaked high in 1996, when casualties rose to 3 percent.

The report also stated that the most number of dengue cases were reported from Delhi with 1,259 cases. Next was Bangalore with 1,139 cases followed by Greater Mumbai and Kolkata with 306 and 187 cases, respectively.

Arunachal’s East Siang district recorded the most number of dengue cases (district wise) in 2015. Out of 1,681 cases reported in Arunachal Pradesh, 1,618 came from East Siang alone. Among other districts, Chittoor in Arunachal had 761 cases, while Thiruvananthapuram (602 cases) and Kasargod (443 cases) comes next in the list.

Looking for a taking major initiative on the issue, the Union Health Ministry is planning to ban rapid diagnostic test kits for dengue. The ministry is in talks with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for taking the kit off the market because of its poor error rate. Reportedly, the diagnostic test kit falsely indicates majority of cases as positive which only creates confusion among dengue suspects.

Talking about the present scenario in hospitals, Director General, Health Services, Dr. Jagdish Prasad said, “At present hospitals have to notify only those cases in which test has been performed by IgM or Elisa. The rapid test kit sometimes indicates wrong result in as many as 50 percent cases. We are consulting ICMR for issuing a notification to ban the kit.”

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Delhi Government Gives Nod To a Project to Create Reservoirs in Yamuna Flood Plain

The Delhi Cabinet, in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Wednesday approved the inter-departmental committee report

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The pilot for the project, which has the potential for ending Delhi's water shortage, particularly during summer months, is aimed to start in a month's time. Pixabay

To achieve self-sufficiency of water, the Delhi government on Wednesday gave its nod to a project to create reservoirs in the Yamuna flood plain by store overflowing water from the river during the monsoon season, an official statement said.

The pilot for the project, which has the potential for ending Delhi’s water shortage, particularly during summer months, is aimed to start in a month’s time, the statement said.

The Delhi Cabinet, in its meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, on Wednesday approved the inter-departmental committee report on the project.

The report recommended that an amount of Rs 77,000 per acre should be paid to the farmers for leasing their land for the pilot project.

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To achieve self-sufficiency of water, the Delhi government on Wednesday gave its nod to a project to create reservoirs in the Yamuna flood plain by store overflowing water from the river. Pixabay

“The farmers will get the sum according to the number of acres of land they give the government on lease for the pilot project,” the government said.

The government claims that the pilot project will prove to be a game-changer not only for Delhi, but for the whole country which is facing huge water crisis in different parts.

It also said the project is first of its kind in the country.

“The important project aims at conserving water in the Yamuna floodplains and creating a mega reservoir between Palla and Wazirabad to deal with the water shortage in Delhi, particularly during summer months,” the government said.

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The project envisages creation of small ponds in the floodplains which will catch overflows from the Yamuna during the monsoon.

“Most of the approvals have been received for the pilot project, barring two from the National Green Tribunal (NGT) committees, which are expected very soon,” it said.

Kejriwal also thanked Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat for the quick approvals by the Centre for the project and cooperation Delhi received from Centre for the pilot project. (IANS)