New Delhi: With dengue claiming three more lives on Thursday, the toll in the national capital rose to 21 on Friday.
Mohd. Shehwaj (11) from Uttar Pradesh, Kiran Kumari (12) from Delhi’s Nangloi and Rahisha (37) from Dwarka area died on Thursday at Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital.
Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain earlier announced that a total of 11 people died of dengue in the city.
“They all died due to dengue shock syndrome leading to multi-organ failure on Thursday,” an RML official said.
In another case, an 18-year-old Rishabh succumbed to the virus at Max Hospital in Vaishali in Ghaziabad on Thursday.
According to Rishab’s family, the Delhi youth was first taken to the Gupta Multispeciality Hospital in Vivek Vihar then to Max Hospital, Patparganj, and finally to Max Hospital, Vaishali, where he died.
“We first took him to Gupta Multispeciality Hospital in Vivek Vihar on Monday, where his platelet count was found to be 80,000. The doctors there told us to arrange five units of platelets. Around 2.30 AM on Monday, the doctors said he was critical and must be shifted to a bigger hospital,” said Rishabh’s elder brother Himangshu.
“… we took him to Max Hospital, Patparganj, early Wednesday where there weren’t enough beds… We then took him to Max in Vaishali around 8.30 p.m. on Wednesday. He was put on ventilator but he died around 6 PM on Thursday,” he added.
A Max hospital statement said: “Rishab was brought to the emergency room of Max Hospital, Patparganj, in a critical condition on September 16 (Wednesday) early morning hours with diagnosis of dengue shock syndrome fever with Thrombocytopenia.”
“On investigation, his platelet count was found very low 9,000 and one unit of platelet was transfused. Since the critical care beds were not available, the option of shifting the patient to nearby Max Vaishali was given to the attendants. In the meantime, patient was managed in the Emergency care of Max Patparganj,” it added.
“With the consent of the attendant, the patient was shifted to Max Vaishali in an advanced cardiac life support ambulance with emergency doctor and a paramedic staff in the evening of 16 September. In spite of all active resuscitation measures put in by the team of doctors, the patient succumbed to dengue on September 17 (Thursday) at 5.55 PM.”
"If the food is surplus due to lower turnout of the guest and resultant less consumption, then it shall be the responsibility of organiser of the social function to remove that food from the social function site, immediately after the completion of the duration of that social function," it says.
The Delhi government has drafted a policy to keep a check on the wastage of food at social functions in the national capital.
All organisers and caterers will have to register themselves with NGOs to manage the surplus and leftover food for distribution among the underprivileged, says the draft policy.
“The caterer should make proper arrangements to handover fresh surplus and leftover food to these NGOs,” reads the Draft ‘Policy for Holding Social Functions in Hotels, Motels and Low-Density Residential Area (LDRA) in National Capital Territory of Delhi’.
According to the draft policy, the owner, organiser, and the caterer must have the necessary permissions including FSSAI license from Delhi’s Department of Food Safety, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to run their kitchens or to sell or serve prepared food for the guest and the consumer.
“They should be registered with some NGO to manage surplus/leftover food by distributing the same among underprivileged. The caterer should make proper arrangements to handover fresh surplus and leftover food to these NGOs.
The food preparation should be according to the ceiling of the number of guests as per prescribed capacity of the motel and LDRA. The number of guests cannot exceed the guest limit approved by the Urban Local Body (ULB) for that function site, it says.
“If the food is surplus due to lower turnout of the guest and resultant less consumption, then it shall be the responsibility of organiser of the social function to remove that food from the social function site, immediately after the completion of the duration of that social function,” it says.
The Commissioner Food Safety shall ensure that the above conditions are strictly followed; any violation thereof would invite action from the deployed officers by the Commissioner Food Safety, the draft policy reads.
The rules will be enforced by periodical inspections, which shall be conducted by officers of various state stakeholder agencies.
“Further, officers of respective ULB will conduct random or complaint-based inspection. The violations would be noted with proofs by the inspecting officers without the disrupting the function. In the event of violation of any of the conditions, the penalty would be imposed against violators under specific act/rules/orders.”
“The capacity of the space should be determined by multiplying the total number of car parking available by four or by means the number of persons obtained by dividing the gross floor area of the premises by occupant load factor at 1.5 sqm, whichever is less,” says the document.
It said adding that the total number of days on which a social function can be organised are restricted to 120 days in authorized/approved spaces.
The draft also said that motels and LDRA should be constructed as per sanctioned building plan.
“Minimum area of LDRA must be equals or more than 2.5 acres. Only such Motel and LDRA houses should be permitted to hold social functions which have proper access to the road from a main road (60 ft wide or more) and the LDRA should not be located at a road which ends in a dead end,” it said.
According to an official from the government, the decision to formulate a comprehensive policy regulating social functions was taken after the direction of the Supreme Court.
“Further, in view of Motel Policy of Ministry of Tourism 1995, policy for holding social functions in Farmhouses of Government of NCT of Delhi, Master Plan 2021(MPD 2021), amendments in MPD-2021 notified in 2013, a comprehensive policy was required to be drafted,” the official told IANS on the condition of anonymity.
The Chief Secretary has constituted a committee of four officers, including Principal Secretaries of Urban Development and Health, Chief Executive Officer, Delhi Jal Board and Member Secretary, Delhi Pollution Control Committee, to draft the policy.
“Accordingly, the committee after consultation with all stakeholders drafted the policy keeping in mind concerns of Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority (EPCA) and Supreme Court such as stop the use of perennially installed semi-permanent pandals, nuisance of parking on outside road of the venue, safety of guests and general public, stop the misuse of scarce resources like water and stop any kind of pollution or degradation of Environment,” the official said. (IANS)