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What preventive steps have the city Government taken to control Dengue and Chikungunya, asks the Delhi High Court

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New Delhi, April 23, 2017: The Delhi High Court on Friday asked the city government and municipal corporations on what preventive steps they have taken this year to control dengue and chikungunya in the national capital.

A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra asked them to ensure that no dengue or chikungunya cases occur this year and to submit an action taken the report on May 1, the next date of hearing.

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The court also said that to stop recurrence of dengue and chikungunya, the authorities concerned should have a policy, instead of shifting the blame on each other.

The court’s direction came on two PILs accusing the Aam Aadmi Party government and the three municipal corporations of not acting vigilantly and responsibly in tackling mosquito-borne diseases.

Till September 2016, four dengue deaths and as many as 1,158 dengue and 1,057 chikungunya cases were reported in Delhi. (IANS)

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Delhi Government to ban entry and exit of horses

In December, west Delhi was notified as a controlled area after seven horses were tested positive for the disease

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Delhi Government to soon ban horses, donkeys and mule in and around the city. Wikimedia Commons
Delhi Government to soon ban horses, donkeys and mule in and around the city. Wikimedia Commons
  • Delhi government will soon put a ban on movement of animals in and outside the city.
  • The reason is cited as the spread of Gladers disease, which was found in many horses in the past two months.
  • Delhi government has involved Police, Army and Union government in this decision of theirs.

The Delhi government has decided to ban movement of horses, mules, and donkeys in and out of the city border due to the spread of Glanders disease, Rural Development Minister Gopal Rai said here on Friday.

The ban is imposed due to the spread of Glanders disease around the city. Wikimedia Common
The ban is imposed due to the spread of Glanders disease around the city. Wikimedia Common

Glanders disease has been detected in around 40 horses in the city over the past two months and the government will issue a notification on the ban within two days, he said after a meeting of Delhi government with officials of Union Animal Husbandry Department, police, army and city municipal corporations here.

In December, west Delhi was notified as a controlled area after seven horses were tested positive for the disease.

An Animal Husbandry Department official told IANS that this was the first outbreak in the city. IANS