Dengue in Delhi: Supreme Court issues notice to state, hearing on September 7

By: | Updated: August 30, 2016 2:41 PM

Responding to a PIL against the Delhi government for not being vigilant, the Supreme Court of India on Tuesday issued notices to the Delhi government and Municipal Corporations over the rising cases of Dengue in the city.

delhi dengue, dengue outbreak delhi, dengue victims, Supreme court dengue, dengue death tollsThe last time, the city saw an outbreak of this scale, was in 1996 when 10,252 cases were recorded with 423 deaths. (Reuters)

Responding to a PIL against the Delhi government for not being vigilant, the Supreme Court of India on Tuesday issued notices to the Delhi government and Municipal Corporations over the rising cases of Dengue in the city. The hearing on this case was set on September 7. The PIL filed by an advocate alleged that the concerned authorities have not been taking measures to prevent the disease and mosquito breeding despite 320 cases of Dengue reported in the year. The plea also asked if the Delhi government had provided sufficient funds to statutory bodies to take effective measures against the menace. It also questions as to why the sprinkling of medicines and fogging had not been carried out in unauthorised areas.

The petition alleged that the intentions of the civic bodies and the concerned officials are wrong and in contrast with the statute and principles of natural justice and violated the fundamental rights of a citizen. The plea stated that despite the increasing number of deaths, the civic bodies have not been taking responsibility and doing their jobs. 91 cases had been reported since July, while May had 6 and June witnessed 15 cases. 34 new cases had been reported till August 20.

As per Municipal reports, the city saw 15,867 cases of dengue in 2015, which is the worst in 2 decades. It had claimed 60 lives. The last time, the city saw an outbreak of this scale, was in 1996 when 10,252 cases were recorded with 423 deaths among them. The petition claimed that the disease took its first victim on July 21, earlier this year. The victim, a girl from Jafrabad in northeast Delhi lost her life due to the disease at the Lok Nayak Jay Prakash Hospital.

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