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India: AAP blames BJP-ruled civic bodies for dengue, chikungunya in Delhi

Chikungunya and dengue had wreaked havoc in Delhi in 2016. Photograph: (AFP)

WION New Delhi, India Apr 11, 2017, 01.46 PM (IST)

Delhi's ruling Aam Admi Party (AAP) has blamed the BJP's "misrule" in civic bodies for the persistence of dengue and chikungunya cases which has arrived early this year.

AAP's Delhi Convener Dilip Pandey accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-ruled municipal corporations of playing with lives of residents in Delhi, news agencies reported. The season for the vector-borne diseases begins from mid-July and generally lasts till the end of November.

At least 79 cases of chikungunya have been reported in the national capital in 2017 even though the season of the vector-borne diseases had ended in December. Twenty-four cases of dengue have also been reported since January, a municipal report released on Monday stated.

The AAP convenor accused the MCD of failing to take preventive measures for preventing the mosquito-borne diseases. He said that last year, the Delhi government had carried out fogging in the national capital even though it was the Delhi municipal corporation's "primary responsibility" to carry out the exercise.

As many as 4,431 cases of dengue were reported till the end of 2016, the report by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation - which tabulates the data on behalf of all municipal corporations in the city stated.

Chikungunya and dengue cases in the national capital had tapered off by the first week of December last year, ending the vector-borne disease season in the city that witnessed its worst chikungunya outbreak in the last 10 years

Of the 79 chikungunya cases reported till April 8 this year, eight were recorded this month, while 34 were diagnosed last month. Twenty cases were detected in January and 13 in February.

Six cases of dengue were reported in January, four in February, 11 in March and three in April. Till January 14, only two chikungunya cases were reported. No case of dengue had been reported before that.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

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