East mayor’s son not on dengue list: Cong

Opposition party says cases under-reported; civic agency says it could be a ‘suspected’ case.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: October 12, 2012 1:39 am

Opposition party says cases under-reported; civic agency says it could be a ‘suspected’ case.

To prove that dengue cases are inadequately reported,a Congress councillor of the BJP-ruled East Municipal Corporation on Thursday claimed that Mayor Annapurna Mishra’s son is down with the vector-borne viral infection,but his case has not been listed.

“Kapil Mishra,the mayor’s 30-year-old son,is suffering from dengue. But his name is not there on the list of patients prepared by the corporation,” Savita Sharma,the Congress councillor for Subhash Mohalla,told the civic agency’s standing committee.

Sharma produced test reports of the mayor’s son in which dengue was listed as the cause of fever. The reports were from Swami Dayanand Hospital and a private clinic.

The private clinic’s report states that Kapil’s platelet count was 14,000 on October 7,while the government hospital says it was 26,000 on October 8. She asked why the mayor’s son was not on the dengue list given to the councillors.

The mayor,however,said: “My son has viral. He is recuperating.”

BJP councillors termed it “a smear campaign”. “The mayor’s son has been mentioned to defame her. This shows how serious the Congress is about discussing important matters such as dengue,” BJP councillor Lata Gupta said.

East Corporation’s Commissioner S S Yadav said it could be a case of suspected dengue. “If official records do not show the name,there is a possibility that it could be a suspected dengue case. The doctor may have forgotten to write on the report that it is a suspected case,” Yadav said.

Officially,the councillors were told that only 52 dengue cases have been reported in East corporation hospitals. The Congress’s Sharma claimed that the figure has been “watered down” because a detailed report recorded a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 31 dengue cases every day from October 4 to October 8.

Corporation officials were asked to furnish “proper” information to the standing committee. “We do not have the name of Kapil Mishra on the list because it is difficult to know whether he is suffering from dengue or not,” an official said.

The heated debate took place on a day when the city reported 32 fresh cases of dengue,with one patient from outside Delhi.

The government had told the city’s three municipal corporations to step up measures — such as fumigation — to contain mosquito breeding and the spread of dengue and malaria. However,there could be a setback as 15 unions — including that of city cleaners and workers who check mosquito-breeding zones — of the corporations on Thursday threatened to strike work if the temporary staff were not regularised. Union members will meet the commissioners on Friday.

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