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Dengue menace: Ajay Maken files PIL, slams AAP for not acting responsibly

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

New Delhi: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed on Saturday by Congress leader Ajay Maken accusing the ruling Aam Aadmi Party and MCDs of not acting responsibly to control the spread of dengue in the national capital.

Photo Credit: www.bhaskar.com
Photo Credit: www.bhaskar.com

In the PIL, Maken said the Delhi government failed to initiate awareness campaigns and a dengue outbreak alarm was raised only after fatal cases of dengue, which is otherwise not a life-threatening disease.

It said the Delhi government had allocated approximately Rs 81 crore towards “Malaria and Dengue Control Programs”. However, it has not bothered to release the funds to the MCDs and citing lack of funds as an ‘alibi’ for their gross failure in controlling dengue outbreak, the agencies have rendered the general public completely helpless.

“There is a lack of coordination and unpreparedness on behalf of the Delhi government, Central government and also the municipal authorities in Delhi in addressing and controlling the unprecedented outbreak of dengue and the deteriorating public health in the city,” said the plea.

It said all hospitals– private and public– should be directed to not refuse any patients on account of monetary conditions or any other reason and in any case of misconduct of the hospitals or refusal, heavy penalty must be imposed by the court.

The MCDs should be directed to urgently undertake special fumigation drives, sanitation drives, and anti-mosquito breeding drives in their respective areas, said the PIL, adding that the Central government should be directed to depute more doctors in the national capital from the Central pool (i.e. from other states).

The PIL is likely to come up for hearing on Monday.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Delhi Sees More Number of Dengue Cases This Winter Than The Last One

In 2015, Delhi saw its worst dengue outbreak with more than 11,800 cases and 60 deaths, according to the city's civic bodies

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Dengue is transmitted by the bite of the Aedes mosquito that typically attacks during day time. Pixabay

A new municipal report suggests that dengue cases have increased in the months of November and December this year compared to 2017.

According to the weekly report by the MCD released on Monday, 1,062 dengue cases were recorded in November 2018 while it was 816 in 2017. Even in December 2017, only 81 cases were reported in the national capital while this year 117 cases have already been reported till December 15. Forty-two fresh cases have been registered in the past one week.

So far, four deaths caused by dengue have been confirmed in Delhi which includes a 13-year-old girl from Wazirabad area. The other three cases are reported to be from west and north Delhi.

However, as per the report, 2,774 people have been diagnosed with the vector-borne disease in Delhi so far in 2018. However, the number is less than what it was in 2017 — 4,704.

Delhi sees more dengue cases this winter than last.

In 2015, Delhi saw its worst dengue outbreak with more than 11,800 cases and 60 deaths, according to the city’s civic bodies.

As for malaria, only one new case surfaced last week taking the toll to two till now for the month. In November, 33 malaria cases were reported in the city, according to the municipal report. So far, 473 malaria cases have come to light, while in 2017 it was 575.

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No new cases of chikungunya were reported this week keeping the total number of cases at 3 in the national capital while in November, there were 28 cases. Till date, a total of 164 chikungunya cases have been reported in the city compared to 551 in 2017. (IANS)