SC to hear plea over Dengue menace in Delhi today

| Updated: Sep 07, 2016 12:57 IST

New Delhi [India], Sept. 7 (ANI): After issuing notices to the Delhi government and Municipal Corporations over the rising cases of Dengue and Chikungunya in the city, the Supreme Court today will hear a plea in the case, which accuses the state government of not being more vigilant. The petitioner in the PIL has alleged that the concerned authorities have not been taking measures to prevent the disease and mosquito breeding despite 320 cases of Dengue reported in the year. The plea also questions the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led government as to why the sprinkling of medicines and fogging had not been carried out in affected areas. Meanwhile, the municipal corporation has said in its weekly report that Delhi has recorded 284 new cases of dengue over the past week, in addition to 128 chikungunya cases. With a 17-year old succumbing to dengue on July 21, the national capital recorded its first casualty of 2016 to the vector-borne disease. The deceased was identified as Farheen, who died at Lok Nayak Jaya Prakash Hospital at 1:46 a.m. where she was undergoing treatment. Earlier, Delhi health minister Satyendra Jain said around 250-300 fever clinic corners would be set up in the hospitals, dispensaries and mohalla clinics by September. (ANI)