New Delhi: As dengue cases touched nearly
300 in the national capital, a jittery MCD today cancelled
weekly leaves of its health officials during the monsoon
season except for medical reasons and said staff of other
departments too will have to work on weekends if required.
With 20 fresh cases, the number of dengue patients in the
city reached 297. MCD has recorded one confirmed and three
suspected dengue deaths so far this season. Among the 297
cases, 222 are from MCD areas, 48 from NDMC areas and rest
from other areas.
The civic body said it was trying its best to control the
spread of the vector-borne disease and has challaned a large
number of individuals and organisations for breeding of
mosquitoes in their premises. It said notices were sent to
45,532 people for breeding and 6,125 of them were fined.
Among 136 "VIP challans" -- issued against government
organisations -- were premises of agencies like DDA, PWD, DJB,
DTC, CPWD, government schools and colleges besides MCD`s own
Horticulture Department and Works Department, Mayor Prithvi
Raj Sawhney said.
Municipal Commissioner K S Mehra said all possible steps
were being taken to control the situation. He said weekly
leaves of health department officials have been cancelled and
public health offices will remain open on weekends. Officials
will not be allowed to take leave except for medical reasons.
Staff of other department too will be available on
weekends as per requirement, he said.
The issue of rising cases of dengue was also debated at a
meeting of the MCD Standing Committee today where councillors
cutting across party lines expressed their concern. The MCD is
more worried about the spread of dengue as the city will host
the Commonwealth Games in October, a month which generally
sees high prevalence of the disease.
Mehra said the MCD has 454 hand-held fogging machines and
10 vehicle-mounted machines which have been deployed across
the city. The civic body is using bio-larvaecide this time, he
said and appealed to the public to cooperate by not allowing
water to accumulate in their premises.
According to the civic body, in the previous years, the
number of dengue cases and deaths were 1153 and 3 (2009), 1312
and 2 (2008), 548 and 1 (2007) and 3366 and 36 (2006).