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Centre, State fail to check dengue, says Naidu

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Chandrababu Naidu
Chandrababu Naidu

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Government neglecting health sector, says TDP chief

HYDERABAD: Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu on Monday charged the Central and State Governments with failing to check the spread of dengue fever.

Addressing a press conference, Mr. Naidu said Government were playing with the lives of the people by their "easygoing attitude and neglect of the public health sector" as reflected in the way chikungunya and now dengue were being tackled.

There was no full-fledged Health Minister even after two-and-a-half years. "It is clearly a Government failure as maintaining sanitation and anti-larval operations was its primary responsibility."

`Clear violation'

Mr. Naidu said this neglect amounted to a clear violation of right to health and human rights provided in the Constitution. There was no accountability and no monitoring of the disease pattern. The Government is yet to come up with the number of people suffering from the disease like it was in the case of chikungunya and other viral fevers when about a crore people were affected.

Replying to questions, Mr. Naidu disagreed that there would be mid-term Lok Sabha elections.

Memoranda

He said the party would submit memoranda to the President and the Prime Minister on scams relating to land allotments and irregularities in the Outer Ring Road project.

Mr. Naidu said he would tour Krishna and Guntur on October 13 and 14 and Chittoor by month-end.


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