Dengue outbreak: Delhi High Court pulls up Centre and AAP government over its inept handling

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The dengue death toll in the city has risen to 10.
The dengue death toll in the city has risen to 10.

Stunned and shocked with more than 1800 cases being reported so far, Delhi is literally battling its worst dengue crisis in  the last five years. Concerned over the ever rising cases of the dreaded  dengue being reported from the national capital and hospitals been overcrowded with patients citing the same disease. The Delhi High Court has demanded a status report from the Centre and State government in the matter and has asked them to step up measures to combat dengue.

In a scathing order, the Central government and the Aam Aadmi Party government have been asked to file an affidavit in 2 weeks, regarding the case. A notice also has been issued to New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and all Municipal Corporation Of Delhi (MCD).

The petitioner in the case had questioned why the two boys who died were turned away by private hospitals, despite beds for economically weaker sections lying vacant. The next date of hearing in the case is September 24.

The death toll in the national capital has crossed 11, according to media reports.  A worried Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Health Minister Satyendra Jain, have been carrying out surprise checks at hospitals, within the capital, to take a first hand look at the situation. The Chief Minister also said that his government is now seriously planning to bring in a law, under which private hospitals, in case of refusing admission to emergency patients, could be penalised and face the law .

“We are planning to come out with a law so that hospitals refusing treatment to an emergency patient can be penalised. In the next couple of days, we will call a special session of the Legislative Assembly to bring in the law,” Kejriwal said.

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