Delhi HC to hear dengue, chikungunya menace matter

New Delhi [India], May 16, : The Delhi High Court will today hear the matter of dengue and chikungunya outbreak in the national capital.

Earlier, the high court pulled up the Delhi government over the rising dengue and chikungunya menace. Earlier this week, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal issued directions for a comprehensive plan to make Delhi mosquito free.

"The Chief Minister has given instructions to make a comprehensive proposal to make Delhi mosquito free in which help of concerned officials of Union Government, Delhi government and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) and neighbouring towns of Delhi-NCR region should be taken," said Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in a press briefing.

Informing about the preventive measures, Sisodia said the Chief Minister has ordered to fix the fee of private hospitals that would be treating dengue and chikungunya The Deputy Chief Minister said that "all the government hospitals have been asked to increase 10 to 20 percent beds for the fever patients".

At least 1,158 cases of dengue were reported in Delhi with nearly 390 of them being recorded in the first 10 days of September, the month in which the vector- borne disease begins to peak.

As half September month crossed, the death toll from two vector-borne diseases climbed to 30 and the number of affected people crossed 2,800.

Miffed with the reported deaths, the Supreme Court earlier rebuked the Delhi government for not handling the situation properly and making the people suffer in Delhi.

Source: ANI