With the highest number dengue deaths recorded in the country, Delhi government has tightened its activities to clear mosquito breeding sites in the city. Recently a special drive was conducted by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) where it has prosecuted 54 institutions and individuals for failing to check breeding of larva in their premises.
The municipal corporation has directed its workers to work round the clock to fine defaulters and complete fogging. The corporation has also added 100 more fogging machines to their fleet of 340 machines.
Mosquito breeding sites were found at the AIIMS premises, which is considered to be the country's premier health institute. North Delhi Municipal Council has also sent a notice to AIIMS director to clear the aedes mosquito breeding spots at the earliest, failing which the civic body will remove them and impose a fine on the institute.
"During inspections, presence of breeding ground of aedes mosquito were spotted at several pockets within the AIIMS campus which includes the residential campus. Despite being issued several notices, the administration has failed to take preventive measures to check breeding of mosquitoes," said an New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) official.
Despite being challaned on almost eight occasions and 17 notices being served by the NDMC, the institute has failed to take preventive measures to check breeding of mosquitoes, so the notice has been sent to the AIIMS director for violating provisions of the NDMC Act and asked to clear up the breeding spots at the earliest.
"Around 100 residents of the AIIMS campus, including several doctors, staff and their family members, had contracted dengue and some had to be even admitted to AIIMS," said a senior doctor at AIIMS.