Ahmedabad: Rather than being an indication of relief, the monsoon of this year has been tedious. The unremitting downpours in numerous spaces have turned into a justification for expanded dengue and jungle fever cases. Information records recommend that from January 2021 to September 25, 2021, Ahmedabad city has recorded 1,391 instances of dengue. Contrasted with last year, the number had increased by 445% from 255 cases the year before.
The same is the case with Chikungunya cases. Compared to last year, Chikungunya cases have seen an increase of 255%. This year the number stands at 696 cases, while last year, the number was 196.
According to a report in the Times of India, September alone from 1 to 25, in Ahmedabad, recorded 693 cases of dengue and 287 of chikungunya. Data revealed by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation’s (AMC) health department shows that last year the number of dengue cases in the city was 432, and chikungunya was 923.
The malaria cases from September 1 – 25 have reached 199, while falciparum cases stood at 16. In the period January 21 to September 25, the city recorded 661 cases of malaria and 57 cases of falciparum. Last year, the number of cases recorded of malaria was 436, and of falciparum were 35.
The health department has also become quite active in checking the cases of dengue. So far, in September, the department has collected 1.16 lakh blood samples against 71,154 samples.
AMC figures also suggest that there has been an increase in the number of water-borne diseases. Almost 1,544 typhoid cases were recorded from January 21 to September 25 against 965 cases in the first months of last year.
The officials of the health department claim that from 7,992 water samples collected this year by the malaria control teams of the civic body, 156 were found unfit.
Seeing the surge in the number of cases, the health department checked commercial buildings for breeding grounds of mosquitoes. From the total of 421 buildings reviewed, 227 of them were found to be mosquito-breeding sites.