Congress Slams GHMC Over Rise In Dengue, Malaria Cases

Hyderabad, Aug.24 (Maxim News): The Congress party has slammed the GHMC authorities for their negligence which led to the outbreak of Dengue, Malaria and other viral diseases in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad.

Led by Hyderabad City Congress (Minorities Department) Chairman Sameer Waliullah, a team of Congress leaders comprising of TPCC Official Spokesperson Syed Nizamuddin, Sajid Shareef and others, visited Institute of Preventive Medicine (Fever Hospital) at Nallakunta on Saturday to meet the patients affected with Dengue, Malaria, Viral Fever and other viral diseases. They interacted with the patients and enquired about the treatment being given to them and the difficulties they are facing at the hospital. They also distributed fruits and financial assistance among poor patients.

Speaking to mediapersons later, Sameer Waliullah said the entire city was in the grip of viral diseases, especially Dengue since June. He said hundreds of cases are being reported in both government and private hospitals. Apparently for the first time, the number of cases, especially of Dengue and Viral Fever, are being reported from non-slums and the number of Dengue cases were higher than the Malaria. Despite the outbreak of Dengue and other diseases, the GHMC authorities did not act on time to prevent their spread, they added.

TPCC Spokesperson Syed Nizamuddin pointed out that as many as 1,687 cases of Dengue have been reported from across the Telangana State till August 20. He said more than three lakh people were affected with various viral diseases from June 1 to August 24. Despite an alarming situation, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao did not conduct a single review meeting with the Health Department officials, he said, adding that Health Minister Etala Rajender too was busy with party membership drive.

The Congress leaders said that large number of patients affected with Dengue and Malaria were visiting private hospitals due to accessibility and better facilities and forced to spend about Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 for the treatment. Sameer Waliullah demanded that the State Government take immediate steps on war-footing to control the situation. (Maxim News)

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