Taking cognizance of the prevailing dengue menace in the state capital, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court has directed the state government, the municipal commissioner and the chief medical officer to furnish the details of steps taken by them for prevention of viral diseases.The court also sought information from the respondents about measures taken by the government hospitals for treatment of dengue patients. It further the directed the municipal commissioner to indicate in his affidavit regarding steps taken for ensuring sanitation in the city. The court also directed the King George’s Medical University to file an affidavit regarding the kind of treatment being provided to dengue patients. The bench posted the matter for next hearing on September 30.
The order came from a division bench of the high court on a public interest litigation filed by local lawyer AM Tripathi. Appearing on the behalf of the petitioner,A Water Tape That Never Went Dry for Three Decades, advocate Adarsh Mehrotra demanded that the state government should take immediate preventive measures to check the spread of seasonal diseases especially dengue. The petitioner also demanded proper treatment of dengue patients at the government hospitals.
The petition, based on reports published in The Times of India and Navbharat Times, said: “Every year people suffer from water-borne and viral diseases including dengue, but the state government does not take preventive steps in advance in order to curb the menace in time.” The PIL also complained that the city had become a heap of garbage and nullahs and drains were virtually choking which the mosquitoes find an appropriate breeding ground of their larvae.It further accused the Jal Sansthan of supplying contaminated drinking water in the city. The PIL also pointed that there was shortage of medicines and doctors in the government hospitals, and the patients were often forcibly discharged without proper treatment.