Dehi HC took action towards prevention of dengue and chikanguniya

The Delhi high court on Friday took stock of city’s preparedness against dengue and chinkangunya to ensure there is no outbreak this year.
“government and civic bodies must ensure that this time, the same things do not occur again,” a bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra observed, asking the government and other civic agencies to inform it what preventive steps have been taken in comparison to last year to check breeding of dengue mosquitoes.

The court reminded the authorities that last year saw numerous deaths and hospitalisation due to the outbreak of these diseases and made it clear it expects the Delhi government, municipal corporations, New Delhi Municipal Council and delhi cantonment board to have a policy in place to stop recurrence of mosquito-borne tropical diseases.It directed the government and municipal bodies to place before it the action taken report, explaining the steps proposed to be taken by them to control vector-borne diseases and posted the case for hearing on May 1.

 Delhi government’s senior standing counsel rahul mehrhowever, assured the bench that a slew of measures have been taken to control vector-borne diseases and submitted that the government is continuously taking steps in this regard, including public awareness campaign.
HC has been hearing two petitions, one filed by a law student Gauri Grover and another by advocate Arpit Bhargava on dengue deaths. In 2015 Grover had sought lodging of FIR against directors of hospitals which allegedly denied treatment to a seven-year-old boy, who died of dengue and whose parents subsequently committed suicide. Bhargava had sought HC’s intervention to ensure the authorities act swiftly in containing the disease and ensure proper treatment of patients
The court had earlier asked the Centre and AAP government to explain the steps taken by them to contain the disease while voicing concern over the rise of dengue cases.
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