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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

India : MCD under-reporting dengue, malaria cases

Via Hindustan Times :

" A random survey of 12 Delhi hospitals conducted by the Hindustan Times has revealed that the number of dengue and malaria cases this season is actually thrice of what has been reported by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). If one considers the figures from the more than 80 city hospitals — public and private, excluding small, private chambers — the magnitude of the mosquito menace seems unimaginable.

On Tuesday, MCD records showed 82 dengue cases — including one death — and 121 malaria cases. But when we gathered reports from independent hospitals, we found the figures to be substantially higher.

“Apollo and other peripheral hospitals receive a substantial number of cases from other states, which they probably don’t include in the list of cases they give us,” said Dr NK Yadav, medical health officer, MCD."

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