Hours after his return to the capital after a trip abroad, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung Wednesday held a high-level meeting to discuss the spike in chikungunya and dengue cases in Delhi.
The meeting was attended by Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Chief Secretary K K Sharma, Health Secretary Chandrakar Bharti, Principal Secretary (Finance) S N Sahai, all three municipal commissioners and medical superintendents of all major hospitals.
On Tuesday, Jain had hit out at Jung and accused him of “paralysing the Delhi administration”. He had claimed that the AAP government was not able to get any work done as officials were “being threatened by the Lt Governor”.
In a statement, Jung urged everyone to “rise above political considerations and fight the menace unitedly”. “Historically, in an emergency, people have come together and fought together. That’s what is required now.”
While the medical superintendents told Jung about the steps taken to handle the surge in the number of patients, the municipal commissioners apprised him about the steps taken by them to check mosquito breeding.
At another meeting called by Jain, senior officials discussed measures to increase the efficiency of fogging activities.
Senior bureaucrats also discussed the importance of conducting door-to-door fogging in areas where chikungunya cases were reported last year as well.
“The Delhi government is also prepared with extra beds, medicines and test kits. All we need to focus on is sanitation… the Delhi government will also be launching an extensive awareness campaign on preventive measures,” said a senior official.
File suggestions to fight diseases: HC
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked PIL petitioners for suggestions to combat the spread of vector-borne diseases in Delhi after the AAP government filed a detailed affidavit on the steps being taken to prevent and treat the diseases.
“File your suggestions,” said the bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Sangita Dhingra Sehgal, after petitioner, advocate Shahid Ali, said the government and civic agencies were not making proper efforts to tackle the spread of dengue and chikungunya in the city.