NEW DELHI: Dengue scare in the national capital escalated on Thursday with a three-year-old girl becoming the 15th victim on the list of dead as the number of people down with the mosquito-borne fever crossed 2,000.
The Delhi government, which has been accused of not effectively dealing with the situation, said it was mulling bringing an ordinance to punish private hospitals refusing to provide treatment to patients in emergency situations.
Little Neha died on Wednesday at the Saket City hospital and her distraught parents alleged that one government hospital and a private nursing home in south Delhi did not provide proper treatment for dengue to her.
As hospitals continued to be flooded with dengue patients, municipal officials said the total number of cases crossed the 2,000 mark this year out of which around 1,200 were reported in the last two weeks.
Officials said the new Ordinance may have provisions for cancellation of registration of hospitals violating government’s directive.
On Wednesday, Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain had directed private hospitals to increase their bed capacity by 10-20 per cent as soon as possible to treat dengue patients. He had also ordered Delhi government-run hospitals to increase beds by 1,000 by Sunday.
As dengue cases continued to surge, the Aam Aadmi Party said it will set up “fever clinics” across Delhi to offer free treatment to the patients. The ruling party accused the BJP- ruled civic bodies of “total failure” in containing spread of the vector-borne disease.