Delhi Health Minister lays dengue, chikungunya blame on LG, civic bodies

New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) As more cases of vector-borne diseases were reported in the national capital, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday held the Lt. Governor and the BJP-controlled civic bodies responsible for the menace.

“LG is issuing illegal orders, we can’t even transfer a peon. LG is avenging people of Delhi because BJP only won three seats in Delhi. He is the only Congress appointed LG who has been retained by BJP because he is harming Delhi,” Jain who returned from Goa on Tuesday told the media at a press conference.

Nine deaths due to vector borne diseases — including five from chikungunya and four from dengue — were reported in the national capital so far.

“LG has paralysed the entire governance in Delhi as all the officers are busy in collecting and sending files to him and thus the work has stopped,” he added.

Jain said all the three BJP-controlled municipal corporations in Delhi which were assigned the task to control mosquito breeding were not functioning.

Refuting the blame being put on the Delhi government for the rising chikungunya and dengue cases, Jain said that their capable officers were not being allowed to work in such situations and were being transferred.

“We had made proper arrangements for dengue and chikungunya. Let me tell you that the hospitals under the Delhi Government, Centre and the MCD are different. For each and every case why is the Delhi government being blamed. Ask the Lt Governor. He himself went to the US,” said Jain, responding to a query that Aam Aadmi Party ministers were either out of town or the country.

Urging people not to panic over chikungunya and dengue, he said that only two-three per cent of people who rush to the hospitals are diagnosed with the disease.

–IANS

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