Dengue Scourge in Delhi – What the Stakeholders Think, a Search for Perspective

Harsh Rajvanshi, Prakash Narayanan, Shah Hossain, A C Dhariwal


Background and Objective: Amongst all the states and union territories in India, New Delhi shares the highest burden of the disease. Dengue infection is influenced by several socioeconomic factors, which involve roles, and responsibilities of various stakeholders of the society. In this study, we attempt to explore the awareness, knowledge and perception about dengue amongst relevant stakeholders.

Methodology: A sample of 30 stakeholders having different roles in management of dengue was taken all over from Delhi. In-depth, face-to-face, qualitative interviews were taken using an interview tool customized as per roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders.

Result: The study identified four key themes in management of dengue in Delhi. These themes were studied in depth and various challenges in dengue management were explored.


Dengue, Delhi, Stakeholders, Qualitative interviews, Public factors, Private health centers, Government factors, Media

Full Text:



Dengue cases and deaths in the country since 2010: Dte.

of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme,

MoHFW, GOI; 2016 [cited 2017 Mar 20]. Available


NVBDCP. Dengue cases and deaths in the country since

In: Services DGoH, editor. New Delhi: Ministry

of Health and Family Welfare 2016.

Balaya S, Paul S, D’lima L et al. Investigations on an

outbreak of dengue in Delhi in 1967. Indian Journal

of Medical Research 1969; 57(4): 767-74.

Diesh P, Pattanayak S, Singha P et al. An outbreak of

dengue fever in Delhi – 1970. J Commun Dis. 1972;

(13): 8.

Rao C, Bagchi S, Pinto B et al. The 1982 epidemic of

dengue fever in Delhi. The Indian Journal of Medical

Research 1985; 82: 271.

Kabra S, Jain Y, Pandey R et al. Dengue haemorrhagic

fever in children in the 1996 Delhi epidemic.

Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine

and Hygiene 1999; 93(3): 294-98.

MoHFW. Annual Report 2004-05. New Delhi. 2005.

Bharaj P, Chahar HS, Pandey A et al. Concurrent

infections by all four dengue virus serotypes during

an outbreak of dengue in 2006 in Delhi, India. Virology

Journal 2008; 5(1): 1.

Rajvanshi HNP, Hossain S, Dhariwal A et al. Trendanalysis

of dengue cases and its relation to vector

density in selected areas of Delhi state. Journal of

Vector Borne Diseases (Submitted). 2017.

Chellaiyan VG, Manoharan A, Ramachandran M.

Knowledge and awareness towards dengue infection

and its prevention: a cross sectional study from rural

area of Tamil Nadu, India. International Journal of

Community Medicine and Public Health 2017; 4(2):


Acharya A, Goswami K, Srinath S et al. Awareness about

dengue syndrome and related preventive practices

amongst residents of an urban resettlement colony

of south Delhi. Journal of Vector Borne Diseases 2005;

(3): 122.

Chinnakali P, Gurnani N, Upadhyay RP et al. High level

of awareness but poor practices regarding dengue fever

control: a cross-sectional study from North India. North

American Journal of Medical Sciences 2012; 4(6): 278.

Ayyamani UD, Ying GC, San OG. A knowledge

attitude and practice (KAP) study on dengue/dengue

haemorrhagic fever and the Aedes mosquitoes. Medical

Journal of Malaysia 1986; 41(2): 108-15.

Singh B. Dengue outbreak in 2006: Failure of public

health system? Indian Journal of Community Medicine2007; 32(2): 99.

Rao M, Rao KD, Kumar AS et al. Human resources for

health in India. The Lancet 2011; 377(9765): 587-98.

Hay SI, Gething PW, Snow RW. India’s invisible malaria

burden. Lancet 2010; 376(9754): 1716.

Kakkar M. Dengue fever is massively under-reported in

India, hampering our response. BMJ 2012; 345: e8574.

Talyan V, Dahiya R, Sreekrishnan T. State of municipal

solid waste management in Delhi, the capital of India.

Waste Management 2008; 28(7): 1276-87.


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2018 Journal of Communicable Diseases

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.