New Delhi: At least five dengue cases, including three in March, have been detected in Delhi so far this year, even though the vector-borne disease is usually reported between July and November, a municipal report released Monday said. Last year, 2,798 dengue cases and four deaths were recorded by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), which tabulates data on vector-borne diseases in the city.According to the report, a case each was reported in January and February and three were detected in March this year by the SDMC. Dengue cases are usually reported between July and November, but the period may stretch to mid-December. While no fresh cases of malaria have been reported, three cases of chikungunya– two in February and one in March– have been recorded this year. Doctors have advised people to ensure that there is no breeding of mosquito larvae around them and to wear full-sleeved clothes and use mosquito nets. Water coolers should be dried up when not in use as dengue infection-carrying mosquitoes breed there a lot, a doctor said. The civic bodies, who recently organised a workshop on the prevention of vector-borne diseases, said mosquito-breeding was reported from at least 1,387 households in the city this year and 2,293 legal notices were issued. Of the total dengue cases last year, 141 were recorded in December, 1,062 in November, 1,114 in October, 374 in September, 58 in August, 19 in July, eight in June, 10 in May, two in April, one in March, three in February and six in January, the report said. The rest of the cases were reported from areas outside the jurisdiction of the three municipal corporations of Delhi.
Reservists with the 56th Field Regiment were able to put their skills to the test during a recent week-long exercise that took them to Petawawa, Meaford and the Collingwood Airport.Close to 70 reservists from the regiment, which includes Brantford, Simcoe and St. Catharines, participated in Exercise Stalwart Guardian. The exercise is the final summer training program and brought together about 1,000 soldiers from across Ontario.“It was a great exercise for our regiment,” said Lt. Col. Lawrence Hatfield, commanding officer of the 56th. “They were given a number of challenging tasks throughout the week and performed admirably.“I’m proud of their efforts and of their commitment.”The exercise gave the soldiers an opportunity to move, set up and fire howitzer guns, as well as participate in a direct fire drill, said Hatfield.“It’s one thing to try and hit a target when you’re not under attack,” he said. “It’s something different altogether when you have to engage in some direct fire because the enemy is coming towards you and, at the same time, fire at unseen targets.”As part of the exercise, reservists with the 56th Field were transported to the Collingwood Airport to participate in a drill, Hatfield said.On Sept. 28, the regiment, in partnership with the City of Brantford, is holding Valour Day to honour Brantford’s wartime sacrifice and service.Valour Day includes an inspection of the regiment at Victoria Square followed by a regimental march on Dalhousie Street. At 11 a.m., the Jubilee Terrace Howitzer, a First World War war trophy awarded to Brantford, will return to its home beside the Brantford Armouries for a dedication ceremony.The howitzer has been refurbished after years of deterioration.A public reception will be held following the dedication ceremony. As well, there will be a army reserve recruiting open house.All events are open to the public.Vball@postmedia.comtwitter.com/EXPVBal