New Delhi, Oct 8 (IANS) With the number of dengue cases shooting up across India, it is bonus time for chemists here selling the mosquito repellent.
'The demand has tripled in the past two weeks. In some cases, chemists are not able to meet the demand as they are not getting adequate supply from manufacturers,' Ajay Pal Gupta of All India Chemists and Druggists Association (AICDA) told IANS.
Gupta, who is also vice president of Retailers and Distributors Chemists Association (RDCA), said: 'There has been a 50-60 percent jump in sales in the city.'
Sachin Verma, a manager at 98.4 chemist chain of stores, said: 'In the last one week we have sold more than 3,000 repellents in Delhi and Gurgaon. We have never experienced such a boom, not even in 2004 when many such cases were reported.'
According to the store, they sold about Rs.100,000 worth of mosquito repellent products in the last seven days alone.
Dengue is spread by female Aedes Aegypti mosquito. The most common symptoms of the disease include high fever, joint pain, headache and vomiting.
More than 3,000 people have come under the grip of this deadly disease in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Haryana.
'Since it became known that the prime minister's grandsons have had the fever, sales seem to have tripled or rather quadrupled,' said a chemist in east Delhi, Vikas Singh.
'I have to buy Odomos (repellent) in triple stocks and they are getting sold in unbelievably large numbers,' Vikas Singh added.
According to the chemist, mosquito coils are also in huge demand in the national capital region (NCR) comprising Gurgaon, Noida and Faridabad.
The situation is the same in major retail outlets like Big Bazaar, where sales have doubled.
Mayur Toshniwal, vice president of Pantaloon that owns Big Bazaar, told IANS: 'Sales have gone up much higher than we expected in all our stores in Delhi and NCR.'
Akhil K. Sangal, chief executive of the Indian Confederation for Healthcare Accreditation, said: 'This kind of shortage would never happen if people take the right precautions at the right time. It is very unfortunate that this kind of situation occurs every year. The scare is more dangerous than the bite.'