Central team pointed out lacunae in Puducherry government’s dengue combat plan, says Kiran Bedi

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Puducherry | Updated: October 16, 2017 3:34:53 AM

Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi today said the central team which met her today on the dengue issue had pointed out "serious inadequacies" on part of the Union Territory in battling the disease.

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Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi today said the central team which met her today on the dengue issue had pointed out “serious inadequacies” on part of the Union Territory in battling the disease. In her Whatsapp message to media persons, she said, “Feedback from the team revealed serious inadequacies in our preparedness to prevent dengue”. She said a dengue management team, comprising the district collector, director of medical services, director of local administration, commissioners of Puducherry and Oulgaret municipalities, chief engineer of PWD and general manager of Swachchta Corporation would be formed. The team would meet daily for half an hour to review progress made and focus on the strategies to be followed, she said.

The former IPS officer said full mobilisation would be ensured by the DMT to prevent any further spread of dengue. Earlier, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy had urged the Centre to give it Rs 30 crore to fight dengue and said the Union Territory was facing an “unprecedented” situation, mainly due to the influx of patients from Tamil Nadu.

He had told the five-member team of the Centre that Rs 30 crore was needed to equip government hospitals with adequate facilities. He also said two persons undergoing treatment for dengue at private hospitals had died, while government hospitals had not reported any dengue deaths. The team deputed to examine the dengue situation in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry had arrived in Chennai on October 13.

It had termed the 40 deaths due to the vector-borne disease in Tamil Nadu since January as “minimal” and said there was no need to panic. Bedi, in another message, said the Union Territory would be a smart city when development is holistic, touching every part of Puducherry. “We cannot have smart cities with dirty backyards and people suffering from filth around them. Smarty city should be smart for all by smart services,” the former IPS officer said.

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