The Delhi High Court Wednesday directed the AAP government to inform it about actions taken by the government to combat vector-borne diseases in New Delhi.
This comes after two deaths and over 1,000 confirmed dengue and chikungunya cases were reported in the national capital.
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal directed the Delhi government to place before them a record with regard to measures taken by the government. The Delhi government had earlier given assurances regarding filing a report but had failed to do so.
”What legislative (the power to make laws) measures you (Delhi government) have taken, place on record before the next date of hearing, September 13,” the bench said. The court’s direction came after it was informed by
petitioner advocate Shahid Ali that Delhi government had failed to take action despite mentioning in their affidavit last year that they were in the process of undertaking legislative measures to combat any future contingencies arising out of failure to meet necessary health standards by the hospitals and clinical establishments in New Delhi.
The advocate made the submission during a hearing on his plea which accused the authorities concerned of not acting vigilantly and responsibly to control the diseases. The civic bodies submitted that their public health departments were taking all measures for prevention and control of dengue, chikungunya and malaria in their jurisdiction.
”Five hundred and two confirmed dengue cases, 560 chikungunya cases and two confirmed dengue deaths have been reported from Delhi. Out of these 138 dengue cases, 63 chikungunya cases and two deaths due to dengue have been reported from areas under SDMC as of September 3, 2016,” SDMC said in their affidavit.
They were responding to the PIL, which alleged that despite a large number of cases of dengue being reported this year, the authorities have not been “taking measures to prevent the disease or mosquito breeding”