Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday accused the Congress of politicising the issue of dengue deaths and said instead of protesting, its members should have donated blood to help patients.
Speaking to reporters, AAP’s Delhi head, Dilip Pandey said, “If only the Congress leaders, who have politicised the issue and protested over dengue deaths, have donated blood, it would have helped.”
He said the AAP officials had met private medical practitioners in the city to start “fever clinics”, which would provide treatment to dengue patients for free.
“This is a step to reduce the rush which is seen in government hospitals due to many dengue patients,” Pandey said.
He added that the Delhi government was also taking all possible steps for the patients, like increasing the number of beds in hospitals.
AAP workers would also go on a door-to-door survey at homes to find out the dengue situation, he added.
The AAP leader also blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party governed civic bodies for not taking enough preventive measures such as fogging.
He said civic bodies were not doing enough in educating people about the preventive methods to avoid dengue.
Earlier during the day, Congress activists, including Congress Delhi unit chief Ajay Maken, staged protest outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence.
The activists alleged that the AAP government’s inefficiency was resulting in the rising cases of dengue in the national capital.
Delhi’s civic bodies have so far confirmed only five dengue deaths and the number of cases as 1,872. 15 people have, so far, died due to dengue in Delhi.
Congress party had staged a protest outside the residence of Delhi chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday accusing the government of failing to control the spread of dengue in the capital.
Responding to Congress’ accusation, the Delhi health minister, Satyendra Jain too had accused Congress of politicising the matter.