HC raps states for failing to check dengue

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HC raps states for failing to check dengue
Fogging being done in a dengue-affected area in Patiala on Friday.

Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 27

Taking suo motu cognisance of widespread prevalence of dengue and the resultant deaths, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has rapped the authorities concerned for “gross negligence and dereliction of duty” for their failure to control the malady in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.
“There is an urgent need to establish dengue control programme with regular budgetary provisions as dengue is now a widespread and recurring problem in the country. The number of dengue cases and number of deaths are also increasing everyday,” Justice Amit Rawal asserted.
“The methods and suggestions for preventing and controlling the disease by the World Health Organisation should be taken seriously, which may, perhaps, help in eradicating the entire problem,” he added.
In his six-page order treated as public interest litigation, Justice Rawal observed that the state governments were not taking adequate steps to prevent the epidemic. Sustained dengue control and research programme, or even information system, was not in operation at the time of the epidemic’s outbreak, despite repeated warnings by the WHO.
“There is such gross negligence and dereliction of duty on the part of the authorities concerned, who are not taking adequate steps for prevention and control of dengue epidemic at appropriate time,” Justice Rawal added.
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