Since dengue cases have been surfacing in Delhi, residents have been eager to know how many people died in Okhla, a deprived locality of the national Capital lacking in basic amenities with pile-up garbage on roadsides and waterlogged streets a common site.
Till now it was reported that two people died of dengue in Okhla, including Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan’s sister-in-law Nazish died on August 12 at Apollo Hospital and a 14-year-old boy Farhan both residents of Abul Fazal Enclave.
However, PIT has reported that a girl, identified as 12-year-old Muskan, a resident of Shaheen Bagh died on July 29.
She was admitted at Safdarjung Hospital. Out of the four people who died of dengue this season, three are reported to be from Okhla. Why is it that once again dengue has raised its head in this deprived locality? It is difficult to find an answer as reports have pointed out that dengue cases have jumped to over 310 in the city.
All told, as political parties and politicians are getting involved in blame game it is the residents of Okhla who are suffering the most. Residents lamented that once again politicians have let down the locality as they have completely failed to start development work and address the issue of cleanliness in the locality with water logged roads and streets even when it is not raining becoming the regular feature.
This is not to say that fogging is not being done in the locality but many residents pointed out that it has been started late. With reports of more deaths trickling in many residents claimed that the number of causalities in Okhla is more than what it is being reporter.
However, OKHLATIMES was unable to verify any such cases independently. But the fact of the matter is that hospitals are full with patients are residents are talking about how their friends and relatives are down with high fever.