Representatives from 52 of the 54 African countries would be attending the 3rd India Africa Forum Summit from October 26-29, 2015, in New Delhi. With the capital currently facing a dengue outbreak, the last thing the Indian hosts would want is a high dignitary falling prey to the sting of the female aedes aegypti mosquito that causes dengue.
To ensure that nothing of that sort happens, a high-level meeting is being convened by the union government to discuss methods to tackle the dengue threat which has led to the hospitalization of thousands of people in Delhi. Health authorities have confirmed 30 deaths and about 11,000 cases while the unofficial figure is believed to be much higher.
AdvertisementAn official in the Delhi government said, "We have received a letter from the Cabinet Secretariat calling for a meeting tomorrow (Friday) to tackle dengue as the India-Africa summit is drawing near."
The visiting delegates from the 52 countries and the African Union plus other observers would be staying in super-luxury five-star hotels in Delhi. However, the, authorities are concerned about how to make the cavernous Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, the venue of conference where the heads of state and government would assemble on the final day, October 29, 2015, mosquito-proof.