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Terming the earlier affidavit filed by the Telangana government as 'vague', the High Court asked it to file a fresh affidavit.
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Days after four people from the same family died due to dengue within a span of 15 days in Telangana, the High Court pulled up the state government and asked it to file a fresh affidavit explaining concrete steps undertaken by it to tackle the health crisis.

Terming the earlier affidavit filed by the Telangana government as 'vague', the High Court asked the government to file a fresh affidavit by November 14.    

A bench comprising Chief Justice RS Chauhan and Justice A Abhishek Reddy was hearing PILs filed by Dr M Karuna and advocate Rapolu Bhaskar, who had urged the court to issue orders to the Telangana government to tackle the menace of dengue.

After hearing all sides, the case was posted to November 15 for further hearing. 

The court had earlier even summoned Telangana Chief Secretary SK Joshi and Principal Secretary (Municipal Administration & Urban Development) Arvind Kumar, along with the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Commissioner Lokesh Kumar and pulled them up over the crisis.

The state saw a massive dengue crisis in September, and is still reeling from its effects, even as cases continue to be reported. 

The state-run Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad alone saw a 1,027 cases of dengue in September, compared to just 252 in August. As of October 21, the hospital has seen 424 positive cases and the death of five children.  

The High Court had earlier also asked the government to set up a committee headed by the chief secretary and take steps on war-footing to control the mosquito menace.

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