For 60-year-old Harbans Bains, a trip to his own country cost him a lot more than he could have ever thought. He never imagined that he would lose his wife to the dengue epidemic that has hit the Capital.
On Tuesday, Bains's wife Amarprit (51) who was admitted at Moolchand Medcity hospital lost her battle to dengue. Bains had been staying at his sister's house in Lajpat Nagar III, where the residents of the area claimed no fogging has been carried out till date. Bains runs his own Business in Hounslow (UK).
"We came here on September 7 and were supposed to leave next month. On September 20 she was rushed to the hospital as she had high fever. The doctors tested her for dengue. On 21st she died of excessive bleeding due to dengue haemorgeic fever and shock syndrome. The severest form of the disease," said Bains.
Failing to get any response from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the residents of the area have finally taken the matter in their own hands. They have started sending bulk messages stating 'Get well soon' to health department officials.
"We have been telling the MCD staff to carry out fogging for months but their pet reply is that they are busy with the Games preparation. In every block at least one person is suffering from dengue but even that is not enough for the MCD to start taking action," said Harvinder Singh, secretary of Lajpat nagar III Resident Welfare Association.
Residents claim that the sanitary workers of the civic body are not even reporting to work. "Everything is being done in a haphazard manner. The roads are uneven such that the stagnant rain water gets accumulated, resulting in mosquito breeding. We pay so much tax but get nothing in the name of facilities. The area is no better than a slum," said H.D. Suri, a resident of Lajpat Nagar III.
Things have become so bad that the RWA has been purchasing anti-larvae medicines on their own too.
"We have no option because the junior staff claims that they don't have medicine and hence can't carry out spraying in the area," he added.