Grappling with spiralling cases of dengue, particularly when the Commonwealth Games is just 33 days away, Delhi Government on Monday directed civic agency MCD to carry out fogging operations in all the venues of the mega event to check mosquito breeding.
Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia said she has asked MCD to carry out fogging operations in and around all the Games venues and take every possible step to contain mosquito breeding.
Walia said access to MCD teams has not been granted in some of the venues but hoped the Organising Committee will soon allow the civic body to carry out fogging operations there.
Noting that her department was fully prepared to deal with the situation, Walia said both Delhi Government and MCD are working "hand-in-hand" to contain the disease ahead of the mega sporting event when millions of foreign and domestic tourist will visit the city.
"We are working very hard to control the disease. We have readied adequate infrastructure to deal with any kind of situation," she said.
Massive construction activities and accumulation of debris as well as water in the construction sites have been blamed for rise in dengue cases which has risen to 863. The disease has claimed three lives so far in the national capital.
According to statistics released by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the number of cases till this time in 2009 were only four. The figure was 75 and 21 in the same periods in 2008 and 2007 respectively.