Chikungunya claims six lives in Delhi, blame game continues

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Delhi, 14 September: The vector-borne diseases Chikungunya has killed at least six people in the National Capital. The disease which was considered less dangerous than dengue has shocked everyone by taking the death toll to six.

75-year-old Prakash Kalra of Mathura died of the disease Today at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, where three other elderly men succumbed to it yesterday.

People are losing lives after the outbreak of the disease but nobody is taking the responsibility, either the parties are continuing to play their favourite game of accusing each other and the sufferer in the mid of their blame game is laymen.

As on one side BJP is accusing Kejriwal for the irresponsibility, on the other hand Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who never left any chance to accuse the union government, blamed the BJP-led central government and Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung for the health crisis.

In his Tweet Kejwiwal said, “Your concern is not Delhi. Your concern is that we are winning other States and defeating the (Opposition) BJP,’’ Mr.

“The CM and Ministers are left with no power now, even to buy a pen. The Lieutenant Governor and the PM enjoy all powers. With regard to Delhi, the L-G is abroad, question him about [the chikungunya situation in] Delhi,” Mr. Kejriwal said.

As chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is currently in Bengaluru for a throat surgery, and opposition continues to raise questions regarding his absense in the state.

Surveys from the municipal corporation show dengue, chikungunya and malaria have so far affected 1,158, 1,057 and 21 people respectively. The doctors at government hospitals, however, believe that the numbers given by the three municipal bodies were misleading and constrained as there was an acute shortage of beds due to high number of cases coming in with dengue and chikungunya.

Three among the Delhi’s 45 government hospitals have reported more chikungunya cases than the civic bodies, which update the data every Monday. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences confirmed more than 900 chikungunya cases, Safdarjung Hospital recorded 531 cases, and the Lok Nayak Hospital had 281 cases.

Wefornews Bureau

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