In 2006, the total number of deaths reported were 1,707 which has been reduced to 1,144 in 2009, a senior health ministry official said.
The National Health Policy 2002 has set a goal of achieving reduction of mortality on account of dengue by 50 per cent by the year 2010.
For the prevention, treatment and control of vector-borne diseases including dengue, Malaria and Kala-azar in the country, the ministry is implementing National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) under the overarching umbrella of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
The main components of the strategy for NVBDCP are integrated vector control, early case detection and complete treatment and behaviour change communication.
The number of dengue cases has seen a spurt with the onset of monsoon with only the capital reporting 68 cases in this season.