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Notice to Police Commissioner over `mosquito breeding'

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, SEPT. 16. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi today issued a notice to the Police Commissioner after officials from its health department "detected'' breeding of the deadly dengue causing Aedes mosquito inside the Delhi Police Headquarters here at ITO.

The MCD also challaned two police stations at Vivek Vihar and Defence Colony after its officials detected breeding of Aedes mosquito there. More than a dozen office complexes at ITO were also challaned for similar reasons, sources in the MCD said.

The MCD has intensified its house-to-house survey and drive against the mosquito as the number of dengue cases has been on the rise. Although no dengue death officially has been reported so far, the number of cases today increased to 23.

Meanwhile, in a statement, the MCD denied reports of death of a person due to dengue. The Municipal Health Officer, K.N. Tiwari, said the patient Dharmendra was suffering from tuberculosis and not dengue as reported.

In another statement, the Leader of the Opposition in MCD, Subhash Arya, alleged that the Congress-led administration has failed to take preventive measures to combat dengue. Cases of other water-borne diseases have been increasing at alarming rate.

Till September 15, as many as 1,479 cases of cholera, 52,333 cases of gastroenteritis and 206 cases of malaria have been reported, he claimed. Mr. Arya alleged that the MCD did not have sufficient equipment and material to prevent dangerous diseases. "The Health Department does not have insecticide to kill larva. The fogging machines are also not available in adequate quantity," he alleged, demanding that urgent steps be taken to prevent the spread of dengue.

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