Police, civic officials face prosecution as mosquitoes breed

August 5th, 2008 - 2:55 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 5 (IANS) On top of having to grapple with the capital’s spiralling crime graph, the Delhi Police are now also facing prosecution as many police stations have been found wanting as far as checking mosquito breeding goes. As part of the anti-dengue drive, health authorities of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) have detected mosquitoes breeding in several police stations, hospitals, government offices and most ironically in several of its own branch offices across the city.

“Due to negligence, we have booked a few SHOs (Station House Officers) and sent notice to many police stations. It’s a rule and anyone who violates it shall be prosecuted. These officers are now facing trial,” said N.K. Yadav, chief municipal health officer of Delhi.

“Just not the police, some of our own engineers too are facing prosecution. There are 12 engineers who are facing charges for mosquito breeding in MCD zonal offices,” Yadav told IANS.

These people can be fined up to Rs.2,000 and even face a short jail term.

Yadav, however, said that the dengue problem is “definitely under control”. While there were over 550 cases last year, so far only eight cases have been reported from the city this year.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease. The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the main carrier of the disease. The mosquito breeds in stagnant water. High fever, muscle and joint pain, rashes and headache are some of the symptoms of dengue.

Besides regular checks of both official and residential premises, schoolteachers and students are being taught to tackle the problem better, Yadav said. MCD counsellors and resident welfare associations (RWAs) too are chipping in to help the civic bodies to handle the situation better.

He added that apart from police stations, hospitals and civic body offices, the Public Works Department (PWD) and the Delhi Jal Board, in charge of providing drinking water to 165 million city dwellers, are set to be fined as mosquitoes were found to be breeding in their campuses.

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