Delhi has reported 56 dengue cases in a week, taking the total number of cases in the city in July to 121, the highest since 2018.
What intensifies the problem is that domestic breeding checker staff have declared an indefinite strike beginning Monday as the MCD refused to accept their demands for regularisation.
“We have a meeting scheduled with the commissioner on Monday. If we do not reach a consensus on the demands, we will go on an indefinite strike,” Devendra Sharma, Chairman of the Anti Malaria Ekta Employees Union, said.
According to a report by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, 11 malaria cases have also been reported. Since the beginning of the year, the national capital has seen 72 cases of malaria and 243 cases of dengue. 34 cases of malaria and 121 of dengue have been reported in July alone.
The MCD had dispatched approximately 3,000 Domestic Breeding Checker (DBC) staff to do house inspections, monitor dengue breeding, and promote knowledge about how to prevent the disease in order to contain the outbreak.Breeding checkers have gone on strike as the MCD has refused to accept their demands for regularisation, they alleged.
“We have a meeting scheduled with the commissioner on Monday, if we do not reach a consensus on the demands of the DBC workers then we will go on an indefinite strike,” said Devendra Sharma, Chairman of the Anti Malaria Ekta Employees Union.