Dengue outbreak has exposed MCD's ill-preparedness: residents

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New Delhi, Sept 20: With the national capital witnessing a spurt in dengue cases, the role of civic bodies is being questioned by residents who feel the outbreak of the vector-borne disease has exposed the "ill-preparedness" of the MCD in dealing with the menace.

The total number of dengue cases in Delhi has crossed the 2,000-mark with September alone posting over 1,200 cases. The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) till September 12 reported 776 cases, the highest among the three civic bodies.

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South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has registered nearly 500 cases in the same period while over 150 cases have come up in east Delhi.

A string of dengue casualties, including few children, in the last few days have been reported from the areas under SDMC jurisdiction, like Lajpat Nagar, Sangam Vihar, Srinivaspuri and Lado Sarai. "Well, is the MCD serious about it? They hardly send anyone to fumigate the area.

And, this year, with cases reaching alarming proportions, they are still taking things lightly," said 80-year-old J C Bakshi, who lives in Lajpat Nagar. Monika Bahl, a resident of Lajpat Nagar died on Tuesday at Moolchand Hospital due to dengue shock syndrome leading to multi-organ failure.

Gopal Jha, a resident of Ber Serai in south Delhi, who contracted the disease earlier this season, says, "Dengue has hit the area badly. Many people are down with fever, dengue or otherwise. Fumigation has been done only once or twice."

Many Delhi residents believe that some of these deaths were "preventable", had it not been for the "ill- preparedness" of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) in dealing with dengue outbreak situation.

"I can tell you MCD is a total failure in dealing with this. So, is the Delhi government and the Centre in dealing with this menace which has claimed so many lives, many of which could have been saved," claimed Prakash K Ray, a resident of Kishangarh area in south Delhi.

Rohan Desai, a resident of Kalkaji in south Delhi, alleged that not enough is being done by the municipal corporations, even though the situation "seems to be going out of hand". "Some of these dengue deaths were preventable.

There was fumigation in my area last week, but this week I haven't seen it happening. And, even if it has been done, MCD needs to step up its efforts.

What they are doing is not enough," he said. The three corporations -- NDMC, SDMC and EDMC -- post the trifurcation of the erstwhile unified MCD, undertake their own dengue-prevention measures, but SDMC serves as a nodal agency to tabulate the data related to the deadly disease.

PTI

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