New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday blamed "callousness" of BJP-ruled municipal corporations for spurt in dengue cases in the city and said the civic agencies have failed to fulfil their basic responsibilities.
"The three municipal corporations have not been able to fulfil their basic responsibility of providing sanitation services and overcoming the breeding of mosquitoes," she said.
Accusing the municipal corporations of failing to contain spread of dengue, she said the city Government has been providing all possible help to them to combat the challenge.
As per the municipal corporations, three people have died of dengue in the last few days while over 1,700 people have been affected by it. A total of 374 cases were reported today.
"They have not done anything to contain the disease. Their staff of around 3,500 domestic breeding checkers have been roaming here and there and not doing anything concrete.
"The city of Delhi cannot afford to be termed as a city of mosquitoes, city of accumulated filth and city affected with dengue," she said.
The Chief Minister said the city government has provide 700 beds in its hospitals for dengue patients.
"We have arranged adequate quantities of platelets also. The hospitals have been directed to ensure that the dengue cases requiring hospitalisation are not denied admission," she said.
Additional laboratory technicians have also been deployed in different hospitals especially for the dengue cases.
The Chief Minister said number of reported cases during September this year were 1,567 against 52 in 2012 and 172 in 2011.
The cases reported in August this year are 142 against just four in 2012 and 51 in 2011.
"The city government has increased allocation of funds under public health head from Rs 76 crore last year to Rs 87.50 crore in 2013. Out of Rs 87.50 crore an amount of Rs 65 crore has been released to municipal corporations whereas out of which only Rs 14 crore has been utilised.
The Chief Minister asked all three municipal bodies to take all possible steps to contain spread of the dengue.
She said municipal wards in Rohini are badly affected by dengue fever resulting in a panic like situation in the area.
"Out of the total reported deaths, the majority of deaths have taken place in Rohini region," she said.