Hyderabad: The High Court of Telangana on Friday expressed serious concerns over the increased incidence of dengue fever in the State. The High Court directed the state government to take prevention and mitigation measures on war footing. The High Court also directed the Government to place before it the steps being taken to prevent the spread of dengue fever in the state.

The division bench comprising Chief Justice Raghavendra Singh Chauhan and Justice A Abhishek Reddy has given directions on Dengue control. The court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by one Dr M. Karuna.   The petitioner alleged the inaction of the Government in tackling dengue menace.

The bench said that it has come to its notice through newspapers that over 1,440 persons in Telangana have been diagnosed with dengue fever. It felt that this could only be the beginning and number of people were likely to fall prey to this disease.

The bench told advocate general BS Prasad that unless measures are taken on a war footing, the disease may likely to spread further and create havoc with people’s lives. It also suggested that the Government must spread awareness among the general public about preventive measures.

Directing the Government to place before it a report about the steps being taken to combat dengue fever, the bench adjourned the case to September 7.

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