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My Suggestions to the Hon’ble Delhi Court on Future Measures to control Dengue in Delhi

A. STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE TO TACKLE DENGUE 

Since Dengue and Malaria are annual occurrence, there should be a calendar of SOP (Standard Operating Procedures) based on their expected peak seasons.

 

B. AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS SHALL START AT AN EARLY STAGE I.E BEFORE THE RAINY SEASON

 

This year awareness campaign started on 18 September, only after the petitioner wrote a letter to the Chief Minister on 14th September. The breeding season starts with the advent of monsoons. Thus awareness campaign through newspapers, electronic media and radio elaborating do’s and don’ts, ways to clean and get rid of potential dengue breeding areas should start in June end only. School going students can be the best messengers to convey and conduct this exercise back home.

 

C. TIMELY RELEASE OF DENGUE CONTROL FUNDS

 

(i) That the Malaria and Dengue Control Funds that were released to the Municipal Corporations in late September this year, should be hence-forth released prior to the Breeding Season i.e. before the Rainy Season (as defined under the ‘Guidelines for Control of Dengue’ of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme) in Delhi, every year.

 

True Copy of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme – Dengue Control Guidelines is annexed herewith and marked as Annexure A/4.

 

(ii) Release of funds to the local body should not start in the peak of season as the case this year was. Rather all the instalments other than salary components should be released before end June.

 

D. MUNICIPAL AUTHORITIES SHOULD TIMELY UTILISE THE DENGUE CONTROL FUNDS IN ORDER TO CONTROL DENGUE AT AN ADVANCE STAGE

 

That the Municipal Corporation should timely utilise the maximum funds released under the Malaria and Dengue Control Programme in order to Control the Outspread of Vector Borne Disease at an early stage. For control purposes, Municipal Corporations shall have optimum staff of ‘breeding inspectors’ and no such post shall remain vacant. Municipal Authorities should also undertake advance procurement of fumigation machines and other relevant machinery and anti-breeding products.

 

 

 

 

E. GNCTD SHALL SEND YEARLY AND TIMELY ‘DENGUE CONTROL ADVISORIES’ TO ALL GOVERNMENT AUTHORITIES IN DELHI

 

 

(i) Delhi being the National Capital has a large number of Buildings maintained by State and Central Governments. Thus CPWD, PWD, NDMC and other maintaining agencies need to be sensitised at appropriate time. The letters attached in Delhi Government Affidavit dated 31.07.2013 (Annexure XIX, Pg. 66-74) indicates that the last letter was written in 2013. Thus no letter has been written to these agencies in last two years. There should be an annual calendar for sensitising these agencies well before June.

 

(ii) Advisories dated 31.07.2013 (Annexure XIX, Pg. 66-74), were sent by GNCTD to various Government Departments advising them to undertake several Dengue Control measures in their respective buildings/ premises. Inter-alia other authorities, such Dengue Control advisories were sent to the following::

 

• Police Commissioners, Delhi Police (For all police station and police complexes)

 

• General Manager, DMRC (For metro trains and stations)

 

• Secretary Urban Development, GOI (For Central Government Buildings and complexes)

 

• Secretary PWD, GNCTD (For Delhi Government Buildings and complexes)

 

• Municipal Commissioners (For Municipal Buildings, School and other complexes)

 

However, this year, no such letters/ advisories were issued by the GNCTD.

 

 

F. TO ENSURE SUFFICIENT AVAILABILITY OF DENGUE ELISA KITS, GNCTD SHALL IMMEDIATELY CLARIFY THE AMBIGUITY OF THE C.P.A. PROCESS

 

 

(i) One of the other important reason for the present mess in Delhi’s Health sector is gross confusion is non-finalisation of Central Procurement Agency (CPA) procedure for procurement of devices, test kits (ELISA) and other hospital requirements. As mentioned themselves by the Delhi Government in its Affidavit 23.09.2105 at Annexure XIII (Pg. 59) GNCTD has written to all hospitals, that as a temporary measure and till the Central Procurement Agency (CPA) is in a position to supply Dengue kits, all hospitals should procure Dengue kits on their own.

(ii) That in order to ensure that there is no shortage of ELISA kits (Dengue test kits) in hospitals, the GNCTD (R-1) shall immediately remove this ambiguity should be immediately removed and new central procurement policy or otherwise should be immediately announced.

 

G. IN ORDER CONTROL DENGUE, ALL POTHOLES, AREAS HAVING WATERLOGGING AND SILTING SITES, MUST BE REPAIRED/ CLEANED IMMEDIATELY

 

(i) That even at present, many areas, especially the slums and unauthorised colonies, are affected by the severe outbreak of Dengue. Moreover, potholes, waterlogged areas and silting sites have become the breading ground of Dengue mosquitoes. That the Petitioner has already attached newspaper reports suggesting the same. That all Respondent Authorities must undertake to immediately repair/ clean/ sanitise such mosquito breeding sites.

 

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  1. Dear Mr, Makan, Having held such important positions in Government , you are the best judge of the situation. Delhi looks forward to your opinion and guidance irrespective of the political lineage. That is the real Karma on an individual’s part and real democracy for India

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