Gurgaon says its civic bodies yet to wake up

The dengue tally might be mounting but residents of Gurgaon allege that the civic authorities are yet to wake up.

india Updated: Oct 09, 2006 08:36 IST

The dengue tally might be mounting but residents of Gurgaon allege that the civic authorities are yet to wake up.

Cases of dengue are being reported from plush New Gurgaon colonies like DLF City, South City, Sushant Lok and others. Dr Shakirur Rehman, former Union health minister and a resident of South City, said, "Despite the widespread fear about dengue neither the district administration nor the developers of the colony have bothered to conducting fogging of spray insecticides.”

Sana Hassan, a resident of DLF Phase IV, complained about water logging around her house. "Water has been stagnating near our house for the past week and nobody has bothered to clean it. We can see the mosquitoes breeding. We have not seen any fogging or spraying in our area," she said.

KK Bhattacharya, executive director, DLF, however, said barring a few high-rise apartments, the DLF authorities were conducting rigorous spraying and fogging in plotted areas. "The condominium associations are conducting fogging in their apartments. We are doing it in plotted areas. People do not understand that Aedes mosquitoes breeds even in the stagnant water of the coolers and plants pots in houses. They should clean their houses," he added.

Meanwhile, the district administration continues to peg the dengue figure at 20 even though private hospitals in Gurgaon have reported over 100 cases.

Uma Sanjeevani Hospital in DLF Phase-II has reported more than 70 cases, while Neekanth in DLF Phase III have reported seven cases. Kalyani Hospital at MG Road has reported 11 confirmed dengue cases while other private hospitals together have reported more than 10 cases. The official figure, however, is still 20.

"In Gurgaon, we have 131 suspected cases of dengue fever. Out of this 20 are confirmed dengue cases, 28 are negative and results of rest are awaited from NICD," CMO Dr DV Saharan said.

The CMO said the figures given by private hospitals were not correct. "The private hospitals, which are quoting inflated figures, use anti-gen anti-body kit for testing dengue. This method is not a foolproof way of establishing the dengue fever. The NICD uses standardized kit to test dengue fever which is only way test dengue fever," he added.

First Published: Oct 09, 2006 08:36 IST