17 September, New Delhi
Spurt in number of dengue cases in Delhi and lacklustre approach of civic agencies in containing the outbreak has triggered anger among people in the city. The city has reported around two thousand cases of dengue this season. Three more persons succumbed to the disease Wednesday.
There is a huge rush of patients to hospitals down with the mosquito-borne fever. Delhi government has directed all medical institutions to urgently increase bed capacity and employ more doctors and nurses.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said strength of bed is being increased in view of dengue outbreak. Talking to AIR, Mr Jain, the city government has asked the Municipal Corporations to spread awareness about the disease and help the government to keep the city clean. He said, several steps and programmes have been initiated to deal with dengue and tests have been made free in government hospitals and cheaper at private hospitals.
Meanhwile, Delhi Congress workers today protested outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence against criminal negligence on Dengue preparedness. Party has alleged that Aam Aadmi Party government failed to prevent dengue outbreak in the city.
Former Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia said Delhi governemnt’s reaction to the crisis came very late and preparations to prevent outbreak should have been made months earlier.