High Court on Monday asked the city government and civic agencies to give the name of the officers, who could be held liable to ensure that no dengue
cases occur this year in the national
A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra asked the government and the agencies to name senior officers who will certify that there will be no cases of mosquito-borne tropical diseases here and that authorities have taken all preventive actions.
The bench said, "Who will give us the certificate that there will be no dengue
this year? Who will assure this court? We are talking of life of people here. Can you permit 21st century Delhi
to be reeling under malaria, chikungunya, dengue.
The court said it wanted the senior officers of the authorities concerned to not just submit the status report by sitting in air-conditioned rooms but to visit the field and do physical monitoring also.
"We don't want a status report, we want an inspection report," said the court.
It further said that a lot of hospitals in Delhi
remain underused and there was a need to increase the number of beds to deal with additional requirements of beds during an outbreak of vector-borne diseases.
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.
Expressing concern over the numerous deaths in 2016, it also asked the agencies to inform it about what preventive steps they have taken in comparison to last year with regard to dengue, chikungunya, and malaria.
As per the status report of South Delhi
Municipal Corporation (SDMC), at least 80 cases of chikungunya
and 30 cases of dengue
have been reported in Delhi
in just four months since January 1.
These cases were reported through the season for vector-borne diseases in Delhi
is between July and December.
According to the data, 4,431 cases of dengue
were reported in 2016 and the number of chikungunya
cases stood at 9,749 — one of the worst outbreak of the disease till now.