Dengue Claims 4 More Lives in Delhi

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New Delhi: Despite repeated assurance and measures initiated by health department deadly dengue is still ravaging Delhi with a total number of 5, 982 registered cases, a figure which is higher than the last six years.

Three people suffering from dengue died at the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital, taking the total number of deaths in the central government-run hospital to 11. While the three deceased – Chanchal (8), Gagan (13) and Sharda (35) – succumbed to dengue, a 14-year-old son of deputy commissioner of Income Tax, Dheeraj Bhatnagar died from the vectorborne disease.

The deceased, Shiv, a student of Sanskriti School, was not keeping well for the last few days and lost his fight to dengue to Tuesday. As many as 37 people have reportedly died due to dengue. The report released by the municipal corporation on Monday stated the number of deaths as 17.

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“Shiv was a bright and adorable child. He passed away due to medical complications caused by dengue. He will be greatly missed,” Abha Sehgal principal, Sanskriti School said.

Meanwhile, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday said it will issue immediate directions to control the spread of the vector-borne disease in the city.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath made the oral observation but reserved its order after hearing the plea of senior Congress leader Ajay Maken that failure and delay in controlling the disease has caused damage to public life and health in Delhi.

“We will issue directions on how to deal with the problem of dengue. We will also consider the aspect of immediate steps to be given to the authority concerned,” the bench said. The court has already kept two similar PILs pending for October 7.

The plea seeking lodging of FIR was filed by law student Gauri Grover who contended that a boy, whose parents committed suicide following his death, died due to callous attitude of hospitals.

Another petition, filed by advocate Arpit Bhargava, asked the Delhi government to take steps to combat dengue, saying funds were released only after 23 people, including children, died.