CAG pulls MCD, Delhi government for failing to curb dengue outbreak

CAG found that the government and the municipal bodies didn't utilised the epidemiologists and entomologists for their primary purpose of evaluating data to assess risks.

The report of Comptroller and Auditor General of India on Delhi government for previous year says the government and municipal bodies miserably failed in curbing dengue outbreak. Over 2,500 cases of dengue were reported in Delhi last year in which about 18 patients had lost their lives.

"There was no mechanism for reporting outbreaks of dengue. Rapid response teams were not constituted in MCDs, NDMC, North Railways and Delhi Cantonment board," said SK Jaiswal, accountant general, Delhi.

The CAG found that the MCD hired unskilled workers for dengue control and many of the staffers didn't report to the competent authorities about dengue cases.

"Only 289 out of 967 reporting units, which is merely 30 per cent, reported data of dengue patients to the state surveillance unit," said Jaiswal.

The CAG report says that out of allocated Rs 109.43 crore, only 37.62 crore was used by the government for dengue control.Also, the CAG raise serious questions on the methods adopted by the municipalities to curb dengue.

"Chemical control methods for larva from MCsD and NDMC not according to the guidelines of the government," Jaiswal said.

CAG found that the government and the municipal bodies didn't utilised the epidemiologists and entomologists for their primary purpose of evaluating data to assess risks.

Only 86 per cent houses were treated, that too with adopting techniques that are not recommended by the Directorate of National Vector Borne diseases, says the report.

Also, the CAG found that the government and municipal bodies had no constraints of funds during year 2015.

The CAG found that there was no system for selecting the most suitable insecticide and techniques to deal with a particular type of situation and locality to curb the menace of dengue.