Jagmohan Garg says,
The year began with a dengue outbreak, followed by a spike in chikungunya cases, even as the Capital struggled with ‘dangerously poor air quality’
The Capital’s health diary for 2016 was marred by a slew of viral and bacterial infections, which included the recent bird flu outbreak. Each situation called for an intervention by the Central and State governments to contain the outbreaks, besides reassuring the people.
The year began with a dengue outbreak, which was followed by a spike in chikungunya cases — the worst in last few years.
Earlier, in September, the city reported its first chikungunya death. Within a few hours, civic authorities had confirmed 497 chikungunya and 387 dengue cases. The first death was that of a 65-year-old Ghaziabad resident, who was brought to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in a critical condition. He later died of sepsis brought on by chikungunya.