Delhi L-G holds meeting with CM, others on tackling diseases

New Delhi, Oct 5 (IANS) Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Wednesday held a review meeting with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Health Minister Satyendar Jain and senior officers on tackling vector-borne diseases in the National Capital Territory.

Jung directed all Delhi government departments and the three municipal corporations in the national capital to work in tandem to tackle diseases like dengue and chikungunya.

The L-G asked Jain to review every week the steps taken to control the diseases.

The meeting comes in the wake of Supreme Court orders on Tuesday that directed the Lt. Governor and the Chief Minister to join hands to contain the spread of chikungunya and dengue in the NCT.

“The L-G insisted that all concerned must continue to put in their best efforts and intensify them, especially in the wake of recent rains. He insisted on making the public awareness campaign more robust since breeding of mosquitoes has still not abated,” a statement from the L-G’s office said.

Jung’s directions came at a review meeting he held with all stakeholders in the matter.

The commissioners of the East, North and South Municipal Corporations Jung that the garbage dumps in all municipal wards were cleaned twice every day.

The L-G had last week directed for cleaning of dumps twice a day.

Jung had asked Northern Railway authorities to increase the frequency of ‘mosquito terminator’ trains, since people living along the tracks were particularly vulnerable.

“The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation officials were asked to ensure no water collects at construction sites of the DMRC and adequate fumigation to check breeding of mosquitoes,” it added.

Jain informed Jung that Delhi hospitals were well equipped to handle fever cases and currently 355 government-run fever clinics are functioning, including on Sundays.

He said the number of patients suffering from vector-borne diseases has decreased in hospitals.

Secretary (Health) C.K. Mishra, New Delhi Municipal Council Chairperson Naresh Kumar, Chief Executive Officer of Delhi Cantonment Board, DMRC Director and Northern Railway General Manager were among those present.