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Bengaluru residents are declaring a 'dengue epidemic' as civic bodies turn a deaf ear!

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news Friday, June 24, 2016 - 19:09

Taxpaying Bengalureans are fed up with the civic authority, with some going to the extent of “declaring a dengue epidemic” in their localities.

Do you think this is a bit of exaggeration?

Then you must speak to Shoma Bakre, whose 16-year-old son suffered from dengue and had to be kept in the ICU for days. 

Shoma, who is a resident of Bellandur area, started a change.org petition after witnessing five more cases coming into the hospital. She also told The News Minute that her neighbour- a family of three and their maid suffered from dengue in the last two months. 

"There is a culmination of problems-  transport, roads, garbage, sewage- all systems are falling apart in a city, where people pay the highest taxes. I was told to call a particular number of the corporation, who would come and do the fogging in the evening in the area. Now why should anyone be calling the person? Don't they realise it is monsoon and they should be doing it regardless of requests?" asks Shoma.

"Where has all the tax that I pay gone? It doesn't look like BBMP has no money, rather it appears like there is no interest in doing their duties unless pushed," says Shoma.

Not just Shoma, even residents of Defence Colony in Indiranagar are frustrated by the lack of response from the BBMP, are now fogging their area with equipment the colony bought. 

"This was after the advocate P Amar, who died of dengue. Even a week since the death, the BBMP has not bothered to come to the locality. There are many cases of fevers and even 'dengue like cases' that have come up in the last few weeks," says Vikram a resident of Defence Colony.

A source from the laboratory at Chinmaya Mission Hospital in Indiranagar told The News Minute that there has been an increase in the number of flu cases especially among children.

"Not all of them are reported as dengue. They are variations but they are caused by mosquito bites or unhygienic environments," he says. 

Read more: Dengue cases on a rise: 5 steps that can help in preventing the disease 

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