Delhi Government has directed authorities to step up fogging, clean drains regularly and remove garbage from streets in an effort to curb the dengue menace.

Health Minister A K Walia asked the authorities at a review meeting to closely monitor the spread of disease. They have been instructed to be optimally prepared and ensure adequate availability of hospital beds, testing kits, medicines and platelets. ‘If the situation requires provision of extra beds, the disaster management beds can be utilized as well as additional exclusive wards be earmarked for the patients,’ he said.

He directed Medical Superintendents of hospitals to effectively coordinate with blood banks to ensure timely delivery of platelets to the patients. He also asked blood banks to store sufficient platelets.

Top priority will be given for sanitation and removal of debris from construction sites. Delhi Government’s Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) will be involved in battling dengue and malaria.

He also stressed on the need to involve school students in spreading dengue and malaria awareness.  ‘All government schools, including the three municipal bodies, NDMC and cantonment board should be involved in dengue and malaria prevention. They can play a vital role in creating awareness in the neighbourhoods,’ Walia said. ‘The schools should also utilize the services of children in carrying out rallies in the neighbourhood,’ he said.

The official count of dengue has reached 169.