Delhi goat-milk sellers make a killing over dengue scare
New Delhi: Can papaya plant leaves and goat milk cure dengue? There is no scientific answer to this, but the sales of both have increased phenomenally in the capital as the mosquito-borne disease has seen a spurt. Delhi’s civic bodies have so far confirmed only five dengue deaths in the national capital and the number of cases as 1,872. However, independent inquiries by IANS have confirmed 18 deaths till Thursday evening in the city. Since there is no specific vaccine or drug to prevent dengue, people are looking for alternative or natural home remedies to control the dangerous disease. “It is mentioned in our books that goat milk helps in recovering fast from dengue fever as the milk is light and easy to digest,” Ayurveda practitioner Dr. Aftab Ahmad told IANS. Following suggestions by traditional healers that goat milk may be beneficial to people infected with dengue, its price in the capital has reportedly soared to Rs.2,000 per litre from RFs.800 a litre a few days back, while a dry, shrivelled blade of papaya leaf is available for Rs.500. “The goat milk is being sold at Rs.500-Rs.2, 000 per litre in Malviya Nagar and adjoining areas,” Goat breeders Jai Kishan said.