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Delhi: Municipal corporations intensify anti-mosquito operations after HC rap

Mayor of North MCD Jai Prakash said that all District Breeding Checkers (DBC), who have been diverted to tasks like house surveys or other works of MCDs, would be asked to get back to anti-mosquito operations.

Written by Abhinav Rajput | New Delhi |
May 26, 2021 10:29:15 am
The Delhi High Court had on Monday taken suo motu cognizance of mosquito infestation in the national capital and initiated public interest litigation on the issue.

After a rap from the Delhi High Court, and a rise in cases of mosquito-borne diseases in the capital, the Delhi municipal corporations have intensified their effort to tackle the infections. All health workers diverted to other tasks will be brought back to anti-mosquito operations, the civic bodies said.

Mayor of North MCD Jai Prakash said that all District Breeding Checkers (DBC), who have been diverted to tasks like house surveys or other works of MCDs, would be asked to get back to anti-mosquito operations.

“A four-phase programme which includes generating awareness along with spraying followed by Gambusia fish that feed voraciously on mosquito larvae will be done. Actions would also be intensified for checking of breeding of mosquitoes,” he said.

South MCD Public Health Department has also issued nearly 1,800 legal notices and challans against households and commercial units for mosquito breeding at their premises. “The Department may recommend taking penal action under Section 269 of the IPC against households and commercial units after repeated reports of mosquito breeding,” said a senior official of South MCD.

The Delhi High Court had on Monday taken suo motu cognizance of mosquito infestation in the national capital and initiated public interest litigation on the issue.

While issuing a notice to the government and municipal bodies, the court asked them to inform it in a status report by Thursday on the steps being taken to deal with the issue.

Twenty-five dengue cases have been recorded in Delhi till May 22 this year, the highest in the January-May period since 2013, according to a report released by the south civic body on Monday. Eight cases of malaria and four of chikungunya were also registered during the same period, the report stated.

Cases of vector-borne diseases are usually reported in Delhi between July and November. The period may stretch till mid-December.

According to the report released by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), the nodal agency for tabulating data on vector-borne diseases for the national capital, 25 cases of dengue have been recorded till May 22 this year.

While no cases were recorded in January, two were recorded in February, five in March, 10 in April and eight in May, it said. No deaths have been reported in the city due to dengue so far this year, it added.

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