New Delhi: Dengue cases crossed 1,500 in
Delhi today where the worried civic authorities issued an
ultimatum to the striking mosquito breeding checkers to return
to work by tomorrow evening or face sacking.
"If the domestic breeding checkers do not (rpt) not
return to work by 5 pm tomorrow, we will sack them and appoint
new ones in their place," MCD Public Health Committee Chairman
V K Monga said.
Officials, however, admit that that appointing new
people may also lead to a temporary manpower crunch as the
process may take at least four to five days. The strike by at
least half of MCD`s breeding checkers demanding regularisation
of their contract jobs entered the fourth day today.
The striking workers staged a dharna and raised
slogans near the MCD headquarters at Town Hall today.
Anti-Malaria Karamchari Sangh president Ashok Chaudhary said
the DBCs will continue their agitation. Officials said the
workers want the MCD to assure in writing about their
Monga said regular employees of MCD Public Health
Department have volunteered to "work over-time" to help
control dengue, which has caused more of a scare this time due
to rapidly increasing cases. The authorities are concerned as
the city will host the Commonwealth Games next month.
"The Health Employees Welfare Union will create public
awareness with regard to prevention of dengue. The union will
involve National Social Service (NSS) workers of schools and
colleges in this initiative," he said unveiling a leaflet
published to educate public about the vector-borne disease.
"The health employees will organise public awareness
rallies with residents welfare associations, social welfare
organisations, the schools of Delhi government and MCD as well
as private organisations on Saturdays, Sundays and in the
evening after office hours," Monga said.
The national capital today reported 74 new dengue
cases, taking the total number of patients to 1512. South
Delhi continued to be worst-affected this season recording 252
cases, followed by MCD Central Zone (218) and Civil Lines
(177). There were four dengue deaths this season.
Meanwhile, former Delhi Mayor Arti Mehra today urged
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to constitute a special dengue
control task force in Delhi to place anti-dengue measures
under one nodal head from the PMO thereby ensuring effective
coordination among various agencies.
Mehra said that as the prestige of the nation is at
stake and the situation appears to be getting out of control
having ramifications on the upcoming Commonwealth Games, it
would be appropriate if he intervenes immediately.
In a letter, she requested him that there is an urgent
need for the intervention of the Central government. "As a
responsible nation, which is hosting the Commonwealth Games,
we have to ensure that the foreign guests are not exposed to
the fear of dengue," she said.