The families of dengue or malaria victims may soon get Rs 5 lakh as compensation from the civic agency.
The north corporation’s standing committee recently passed this resolution, which will soon be presented in the house meeting for further approval. The anti-malaria measures committee of the civic agency has already endorsed this move.
“It is obligatory for the north corporation to provide health facilities to people living in its jurisdiction. Although the number of dengue cases is rising every day, the corporation is committed to preventing diseases such as dengue and malaria. But to a certain extent, the corporation is also responsible for deaths occurring due to such diseases,” said Satya Pal Singh, councillor from Kirari Suleman Nagar who moved the resolution.
On Friday, eight-year-old Rishi Qaddafi died of dengue, becoming the first confirmed case to succumb to the vector-borne infection in 2014. The Srinagar resident was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on September 28 with high fever.
In 2014, 98 cases of dengue have been reported in Delhi till September 27, with the number of cases rising by 30% each week over the past fortnight. The recorded cases were 75 till September 20.
“The better idea will be to promote cleanliness in and around your house and avoid conditions that will help breed disease-causing mosquitoes. Death due to dengue is totally preventable as all one needs is to keep your surroundings clean,” said a senior doctor in the department of community medicine at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
As per the data available, most cases have been reported from south Delhi this year. So far, the north corporation has reported 18 dengue cases, the south corporation 39 and east corporation 13. Also,15 cases have been reported from outer Delhi and 13 from neighbouring states.
In 2013, Delhi had seen 5,574 cases and six deaths.