As Delhi grappels with dengue, politicians fight for limelight

With Delhi reeling under the pressure of one more death due to dengue, it seems like the politicians in the national capital are doing everything in their might to use it as a means to earn some political brownie points. Right from starting blood donation camps to filing PILs, Delhi is under fire! Here are a few things happening in Delhi:

Blood donation camp held

Delhi Police on Saturday organised a blood donation camp in the wake of rising dengue cases in the national capital.

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The camp was organised at Adarsh Nagar police station under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Vijay Singh, who along with the assistant commissioner of police for Model Town area, station house officer of Adarsh Nagar and other police officers donated blood, a statement said.

The camp, organised in association with Lions Blood Bank, also saw participation of residents of Adarsh Nagar area.

"Nowadays, the major concern before the administration is the shortage of blood due to the rising dengue cases. Today (Saturday), police officials organised a camp to donate blood for dengue and other needy patients," DCP Vijay Singh said.

PIL filed!

Congress leader Ajay Maken on Saturday filed a PIL in the Delhi High Court, accusing the ruling Aam Aadmi Party and MCDs of not acting vigilantly and responsibly to control dengue, a mosquito-borne tropical disease.

The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the wake of dengue claiming more lives daily in the national capital. In the PIL, Maken said the Delhi government failed to initiate awareness campaigns and a dengue outbreak alarm was raised only after fatal cases of dengue, which is otherwise not a life threatening disease.

It said the Delhi government had allocated approximately Rs.81 crores towards "Malaria and Dengue Control Programmes". However, it has not bothered to release the funds to the MCDs and citing lack of funds as an 'alibi' for their gross failure in controlling dengue outbreak, the agencies have rendered the general public completely helpless.

"There is a lack of coordination and unpreparedness on behalf of the Delhi government, central government and also the municipal authorities in Delhi in addressing and controlling the unprecedented outbreak of dengue and the deteriorating public health in the city," said the plea.

It said all hospitals -- private and public -- should be directed to not refuse any patients on account of monetary conditions or any other reason and in any case of misconduct of the hospitals or refusal, heavy penalty must be imposed by the court.

The MCDs should be directed to urgently undertake special fumigation drives, sanitation drives and anti-mosquito breeding drives in their respective areas, said the PIL, adding the central government should be directed to depute more doctors in the national capital from the central pool (i.e. from other states). The PIL is likely to come up for hearing on Monday. In a different PIL, the court has sought a status report by September 24 from the central and Delhi governments on the steps taken to control the dengue menace.

Source: IANS

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