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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday asked the city government to ensure that grant-in-aid released to civic bodies was utilised properly to control the dengue menace.

A division bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath also asked the government to cooperate with all departments and ensure that malaria and dengue control programmes were implemented properly.

The court’s order came after a PIL was filed by Congress leader Ajay Maken, who accused the Aam Aadmi Party government and municipal corporations of not being adequately prepared to control dengue.

Maken, through advocates Aman Panwar and Mudit Gupta, told the court that the government allocated Rs 81.52 crore towards malaria and dengue control programmes but released 50 percent funds to municipal corporations on September 22, a day after the court’s intervention.

The government, however, informed the court that Rs 60 crore was released to the three municipal corporations for sanitation programmes to deal with the dengue outbreak.

The first installment of grant-in-aid amounting to 25 percent of the total funds was allocated to the three corporations on September 17, said government counsel Rahul Mehra. The second installment of 50 percent was released on September 22, he said.

(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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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)