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Delhi Congress chief slams AAP govt over surge in dengue cases

Delhi Congress chief slams AAP govt over surge in dengue cases


Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 9

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president Devender Yadav expressed grave concern over the alarming rise in dengue cases in the Capital, with a record 246 cases reported between January 1 and June 29. This marks the highest number of cases recorded in Delhi since 2019.

Yadav criticised the Health Minister for realising the gravity of the situation too late and then merely “directing” officials to intensify fogging and sanitation campaigns and “warning” hospitals and officers concerned against “negligence”.

“Ever since the Kejriwal government came to power in Delhi, it has become a pattern for the Delhi ministers to pass on the responsibilities and blames for their own failures to the officials,” he said.

Yadav emphasised that the Delhi Government should have made advance preparations at the ministerial level to tackle such situations instead of reacting only when citizens face severe shortages of piped potable water in the summer, air and water pollution, waterlogging during the first monsoon downpour and vector-borne diseases like dengue, chikungunya and malaria.

“The AAP government does not seem to have learnt any lessons from its past lapses in controlling vector-borne diseases,” he added. “In 2015, Delhi witnessed the worst outbreak of dengue with 15,867 cases and 60 deaths. In 2021, 9,613 dengue cases were reported with 23 deaths, and the now-jailed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was very much around,” he said.

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