Even as Delhi witnessed a 50% jump in dengue cases over the past one month, the capital’s municipal corporations and the Centre are passing the buck before the Delhi High Court.
The court is monitoring handling of the outbreak by the authorities.
Last week, the court had asked the civic agencies to take urgent measures to prevent further outbreak of dengue. The court is hearing a PIL, filed by lawyer Gaurav Bansal, seeking implementation of a long-term action plan to control the outbreak.
The directorate of national vector-borne disease control programme under the Centre said in its affidavit that health was a state subject and the role of the Union government was only to provide technical and financial support to the state government.
The corporations on their part said they took every possible step to control the outbreak and figures mentioned in the media were always “exaggerated”.
“With Delhi having better diagnostic and referral facilities, a large number of patients from neighbouring states also come to the national Capital. These numbers are added to the Delhi figures,” said an affidavit filed by the south corporation.
The civic agencies said mushrooming of unauthorised colonies that lacked proper drainage system was also behind the spread of dengue. It said 30% of dengue cases in south zone, 36% in west zone and 67% in Najafgarh zone were from unauthorised colonies.
Accusing the civic authorities, the Delhi government and the Centre of not taking sufficient measures to contain the spread of dengue, Bansal said: “there is absolutely no coordination and the authorities wake up only after an acute shortage of blood and medicines in hospitals”.