Delhi High Court warns hospitals to not deny treatment to dengue, chikungunya patients

The bench also said "steps be taken by both governments (Centre and AAP) to increase the strength of doctors, nurses and other staff in their hospitals by engaging retired personnel, if so required, to meet the exigencies."

By: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: September 20, 2016 8:21 pm
People suffering from high fever sit with their relatives to see a doctor at a fever clinic at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. Several cases of mosquito-borne diseases like Chikungunya, Malaria and dengue fever has been reported in the Indian capital over the past weeks. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup) People suffering from high fever sit with their relatives to see a doctor at a fever clinic at Ram Manohar Lohia hospital in New Delhi, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Delhi High Court on warned all hospitals in the national Capital not to deny admission to dengue and chikungunya patients and asked the Centre and AAP government to engage retired personnel, if needed, to increase strength of doctors and paramedics to meet exigencies.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal passed a slew of directions to the authorities concerned asking them to take steps to prevent mosquito breeding by adopting necessary measures like fogging and spraying of insecticides.

“The Government of India as well as Government of NCT of Delhi shall take effective steps to ensure that the dengue/chikungunya patients are not denied treatment/admission in any of the hospital (government/private) of Delhi…assistance of NGOs who are involved in such activities may also be taken,” the court said.

The bench also said “steps be taken by both governments (Centre and AAP) to increase the strength of doctors, nurses and other staff in their hospitals by engaging retired personnel, if so required, to meet the exigencies.”

After pronouncing the order, the bench said, “this (directions) is not only for this year. This problem (of vector borne diseases) is recurring every year.”

The court’s direction came on a plea filed by advocate Shahid Ali, who has accused both the governments and the municipal corporations here of not acting vigilantly and responsibly to control dengue, a mosquito-borne tropical disease.

The court also directed the authorities to take steps for periodical visits of houses, particularly those located in slum areas, for prevention of mosquito breeding.