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36 new dengue cases: Dikshit blames civic bodies for negligence

As the dengue menace refuse to die down, the state cabinet on Tuesday asked the civic corporations to pull up their socks and take urgent steps to check the mosquito-borne disease before the situation goes out of hand.

delhi Updated: Oct 31, 2012 01:02 IST
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As the dengue menace refuse to die down, the state cabinet on Tuesday asked the civic corporations to pull up their socks and take urgent steps to check the mosquito-borne disease before the situation goes out of hand.

The city reported 36 fresh cases of dengue on Tuesday.

"The corporations have failed in their primary responsibility of cleanliness and sanitation as the city is infested with mosquitoes," said chief minister Sheila Dikshit, who presided over a meeting to take stock of the situation.

"This meeting should serve as a wake-up call. If the corporations continue to neglect their functions, the situation may become horrible," she warned.

The city has seen 985 cases of dengue this season, out of which nine cases are from outside Delhi. Two children, a nine-year-old and a year-old girl, have died of dengue so far.

South zone is the worst affected with 128 cases, followed by Rohini zone with 106 cases. Central zone has reported 105 cases. Twenty-two cases have been reported from the New Delhi Municipal Council areas.

Six cases of chikungunya and nearly 250 malaria cases have also been reported.

The hospitals, however, are reporting larger number of cases compared to the official figures.

Hospitals, private and government, are facing a severe bed crunch due to to high patient load and have added extra beds to accommodate the rush. Almost all hospitals are getting 10-15 dengue positive cases daily, and even with the chill in the air, the infection refuses to die out.

In a recently held review meeting, the state health minister had directed the civic agencies to step up anti-mosquito measures.