Strict action would be taken for under-reporting dengue cases: Jain
The minister was reacting to a media report which stated that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) found the national Capital has been hugely under-reporting dengue cases and deaths. The CAG report purportedly stated that in 2015, just 33 per cent of the 67,500 positive dengue cases reported by various hospitals were sent to the Centre.
The CAG had examined dengue cases from 2013 to 2015, saying that various hospitals had reported 409 dengue deaths in 2015 but the state’s Death Review Committee, which comprises Delhi government doctors and municipal health officers, had only confirmed 60-46 from the Capital and 14 from other states.
“Strict action should be taken against those who have hidden facts (about dengue cases),” the Delhi Health Minister said here.
As per the purported CAG report, hospitals had reported 23,451 dengue cases in 2013 while 5,574 cases was intimated to the Central government.
Similarly in 2014, 4,596 cases were reported by hospitals while the Union government was intimated about 995 such cases. Besides, hospitals had purportedly reported 39,531 dengue cases while 15,867 cases were intimated to the Centre in 2015.
With nearly 1,400 new cases of chikungunya last week in the city, the city has recorded 4,650 cases this year. Delhi also recorded 314 new cases of dengue last week and the total number of positive cases have touched 1,700 this year.
The three Corporations, which released a combined data on Monday, have claimed only 10 deaths till the report was released with no deaths last week but the other sources have been suggesting a total of 42 deaths till last week.
With 1,070 confirmed cases and around 330 suspected cases of chikungunya in a week, the mosquito-borne disease have affected highest number of people in the Capital in a decade or more. Till September 24, a total of 3,695 positive cases while 4,649 suspected cases of chikungunya have been reported in city hospitals with at least 16 deaths.
The previous data, released in mid September 17, had recorded 2,625 confirmed while 3,249 suspected cases with as many as 15 deaths.
SC seeks Delhi govt’s reply on steps for dengue, chikungunya
The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the Delhi government, seeking to know steps being taken by it to check mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya in the city.
Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who was present in the courtroom for another matter, told a division Bench of Justice M B Lokur and Justice D Y Chandrachud that if the Delhi government does not take the responsibility to maintain hygiene in the city, then the Central government may step in to deal with the issue.
The court sought the AAP government’s response on a case it took up suo motu after parents of a seven-year-old boy, who died of dengue, jumped to their deaths from a building after allegedly being denied treatment to their son by five private hospitals. Our correspondent