Days after observing that the spread of vector-borne diseases during monsoons was “one of the major public health challenges” in the city, the Delhi High Court Tuesday asked the municipal authorities, as well as the Delhi government, to ensure that all preventive measures were being implemented.
Disposing of a PIL filed by a Delhi-based advocate, the bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal again asked the government authorities to ensure private and government hospitals did not deny treatment to patients suffering from dengue and chikungunya. The bench also asked authorities to consider suggestions given by petitioner Advocate Shahid Ali to fix responsibility of the area officials and safai karamcharis to ensure no water is found collected in garbage dumped in open areas.
In his suggestions, Ali has also said there should be punitive damages as well as disciplinary action against the MCD safai karamchari and responsible area officials if mosquitoes are found breeding. Further, he suggested that financial penalties be levied on officials if any person is affected by dengue or chikungunya in their area. The lawyer has also sought all water bodies in the city be cleaned and the water treated, while nallahs should be covered to prevent dumping of garbage that blocks the flow, allowing mosquitoes to breed. He also suggested that monitoring committees of social workers, lawyers, doctors and other persons be set up to “check records of concerned departments” with regard to efficiency of fogging and other measures.