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SC CHAIRMAN’S ORDERS ORGANIZATION OF BLOOD CHECK-UP CAMPS IN COMMUNITY CENTERS IN CITY AS MEMBERS LAMBAST HEALTH DEPARTMENT FOR RAMPANT VIRAL FEVER AND MISINFORMATION

standing-report-1Another significant point raised during the meet here was the spread of dengue and malaria in the city. Standing Committee Chairman Vijay Chougule ordered that the NMMC health department organize blood check-up camps in all the community centers in the city to check the rampant viral fever all over the city. Replying to Vittal More’s demand for information of the incidence of malaria, dengue and chickengunia in the city, NMMC additional Commissioner Dr. Sanjay Pattiwar assured that there was no epidemic in the city and hence no cause for fear. NMMC additional Commissioner Dr. Sanjay Pattiwar also stated that the incidence of viral fever being reported is normal post monsoon and in a city that has large tracts of low line and marshy regions with large-scale construction activity and migrant population. Vijay Chougule exposed Pattiwar’s lie by informing that he himself tested positive for dengue. Ramakant Mhatre informed that 4 people in his village alone tested positive, who included his own brother, the brother of corporator M.K.Madhavi, the brother of NMMT Chairman Dhondu Mhatre. He alleged that the failure of the health department was a deliberate conspiracy to hand over the Municipal hospital to Hiranandani. He further alleged that the spraying of pesticides was not being done and even garbage was no being disposed. Vijay Chougule expressed dismay and stated that not a single SC meeting since he took charge was conducted without allegations against the health department. He informed the 2 deaths due to dengue were reported in the city in the last 24 hours. He expressed shock at the tragic state of affairs in a big corporation like NMMC where reports of blood tests in the hospital in Digha were not received for 7 days. He also alleged that fogging contractors were being treated like son-in-laws of the corporations as they were being paid for work not being done and their contracts continued year after year. Shivram Patil and Ramakant Mhatre alleged that the city was being subjected to the sins of the ruling party. The entire city knows the deplorable and unhygienic conditions prevailing in the city. Yet what is most strange and unfortunate is that except for Chairman Vijay Chougule, not a single member of the ruling NCP party spoke a single word on the near epidemic like situation reported in several parts of the city. Navi Mumbai News has always reported this in our standing committee reports each week to give our viewers a ringside view of what exactly happens in the corridors of power and how the elected representatives are taking up the issues that concern us all. We believe, this will ensure greater transparency, accountability and finally, a judicious utilization of public funds.

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