Usually every year along With the monsoon, there is also an increase in mosquito-borne illnesses. However, this season, in particular, there has been an unprecedented increase in the cases of Chikungunya and dengue fever in Delhi and other states of India.
I am really surprised to notice how little is covered about this epidemic in the Indian media and various states administration of India are busy ignoring this issue to hide their in-competencies.
Last year — Delhi alone saw a record-breaking 15,867 cases of dengue fever. Chikungunya fever cases have increased from just 64 cases last year to more than 6,000 cases this year in Delhi alone. In other states of India such as Utter Pradesh, this fever epidemic seems to be more alarming but highly under-reported.
I came to India because I found out both my elderly parents catch the fever, however, to my shock not only my parents but also most of my relatives ended up in hospital. I have never seen this kind of madness and carelessness on the part of administration where such a health disaster is ignored and instead rumors are spread that external countries/government are spreading viruses in India.
I have not came across a single household since last one week in India where at least one household member was not under the grip of Dengue or Chikungunya fever yet very little seems to done to control this outbreak.
Though doctors have claimed chikungunya to be non-fatal, 20 patients suffering from this disease have reportedly died, and 25 due to dengue as per the news published on The First Post.
Various state governments in India have failed to take any drastic measure to control mosquito problem and the worst is that they are ignoring this issue saying seasonal virus problem.
Danik Jagran newspaper reported on 27th Oct, 9 death ifrom Dengue fever in one small part of one small city Bareilly alone in Uttar Pradesh.
Woman footballer dies of dengue in Varanasi pic.twitter.com/iS7vF3TL4g
— Times of India (@timesofindia) October 19, 2016
Some Chikungunya fever side effects can last from weeks to months. Symptoms of Chikungunya are almost disabling.
Pune has 96% of chikungunya cases in Maharashtra but MNS and Maharashtra Govt is busy in discussion whether ADHM should be released or not.
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) October 24, 2016
About Chikungunya: It is a viral infection transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquito. This is the same mosquito that transmits Dengue and Yellow Fever.
The most common symptoms include Sudden high fever up to 104 degrees Fahrenheit or 40 degrees Celsius and severe joint pains: Hands, wrists, and ankles are most frequently affected. Joint pains can be very severe and disabling.
Below is the condition of garbage lying in open in Indian cities which is common in most part of India and main reason for health disaster but neglected by government agencies and largely underreported.