HC blasts Govt for dengue dereliction
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HC blasts Govt for dengue dereliction

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india Updated: Oct 07, 2006 14:59 IST

The Delhi High Court on Friday expressed its anguish over the Centre and Delhi Government for not complying with its 1996 order directing it to take preventive measures against the outbreak of dengue in the capital.

A Bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Vijender Jain directed the central and Delhi governments besides local civic agencies to file an affidavit giving detail about what steps have been taken so far to control the disease.

"If 3,000 reported cases and 40 deaths cannot ring the alarm bell, the day is not far that the people will suffer with dengue today, chikungunya tommorrow or some unknown disease," said the court.

In 1996, when the disease reached similar proportions, the court passed a series of directions to the Government to check and prevent recurrence of the virus spread by the aedes mosquitoes.

As many as 30 fresh cases were being reported from the premier health institute AIIMS alone in the past 24 hours till 8 am on Friday.

Overall, till today 114 patients suffering from dengue are being treated in the hospital of which total 26 are from the AIIMS campus. Fourteen patients have left for the home after getting medical treatment, said the official.

First Published: Oct 06, 2006 00:00 IST