Chikungunya and dengue seem to have taken over the National Capital. Delhi is running under a health crisis, and every day the number of patients is on the rise. Looking into this serious issue, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was lodged against the Delhi Government in the Supreme Court on 21st September, 2016.
The plea was filed by a Delhi-based doctor Anil Mittal, who demanded proper steps to be taken in order to stop the Chikungunya and the dengue menace. The plea mentioned that Delhi has been used as a dumping ground.
Delhi Health Minister, Satyender Jain met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday and informed him of the fact that the Delhi High Court on 2015 had asked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to take measures to prevent the spread of these outbreaks.
On the other hand, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, held a press conference where he said that intensive fogging would be done in all the affected areas and other extensive measures will also be taken to stop these diseases from spreading. He also added that these fogging will effectively turn out in the elimination of the dangerous mosquitoes. Taking further the conference, he mentioned the work to clean Delhi is completely under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), but the Delhi government will not refuse to help MCD to fight against these vector-borne diseases.
Many cases of dengue and Chikungunya have been reported from different areas of Delhi. Sir Ganga Ram Hospital has admitted 100 patients who have been tested positive for Chikungunya, and 39 tested positive for dengue. Five deaths due to Chikungunya were reported from Apollo Hospital in Delhi, the age of the demises was reported to be 80 or above.
AIIMS laboratories have claimed 1443 Chikungunya positive blood test samples. 425 cases of Chikungunya have been reported from Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, whereas 112 have been diagnosed with dengue.
Source: biodesign.asu.edu, indiatimes.in