How Can Hyderabad DEFEAT DENGUE?
Roundtable Chaired by Ms
Karuna Gopal, President, Foundation for Futuristic Cities
Hyderabad, 19th September 2019: The Futuristic
Citieshosted, India Infrastructure
dialogue on ‘How Can Hyderabad DEFEAT
DENGUE?‘, was chaired by Ms Karuna
Gopal, President, Futuristic Cities; today at Institution of Engineers,
The high powered panel
at the Roundtable comprised of Dr Vasant
Kumar,MD, Sr Consultant, Apollo
Hospitals & Vice President, Research Society for Diabetes India (RSSDI) New
Delhi & Chairman Telangana chapter of RSSDI; Dr Srinivasa Rao,Member
Central council for Research in Homeopathy, Min. of Ayush, Govt of India; Dr Rameswara Rao,Chairman, Institution of Engineers, India; Er T. Anjaiah, Secretary, , Institution of Engineers, India; Dr Saxena, MD, Environmental Medicine,
Practices Integrated Medicine; Dr
Vijayalakshmi,Sr Gynecologist; Dr Laxmi Lavanya, American Institute of
Diabetes & Endocrinology; Dr
Vasuprada Kartic, Mental Health Expert; Dr Vijayanand Jamalpuri,Extensive
experience in Dengue Awareness and Treatment; Dr Madhumohan Reddy,MD,
Chairman, Wellness Hospital; Dr
Venugopal Gowri, Sr. Homeopath – Secretary, Homeopathic Medical
association, Telangana and others.
In her Inaugural
speech Ms Karuna Gopal, said
“I am surprised that
when lakhs of citizens of Hyderabad are suffering from Dengue and viral fevers the
Government of Telangana has not declared a MEDICAL EMERCENCY!
If the Government
today carries out a “DENGUE & VIRAL CENSUS” of the population of Telangana,
every house will have a victim. And if this not emergency what is?”
Defeating DENGUE has
two dimensions – Governments Responsibility is to do with Preventive Protocols
and Medical & Healthcare Systems is Curative / palliative measures.
But it seems that the
entire burden is shifted on to doctors and the medical system. Hospitals both
government and Private are over burdened with the responsibility of managing
“The ONUS /
RESPONSIBILITY / BURDEN has totally been shifted to the Medical fraternity that
is struggling to take the load. It is the doctors who are being blamed for
Dengue Deaths. There have been violent attacks on doctors. Hospitals are being
vandalized by patients and I was given to understand that the government is
controlling private hospitals from sharing data on the disease“.
The Govt of Telangana
has completely abdicated its responsibility and pushed everything on the
fragile, ill equipped, badly aided public healthcare system”
VERY SOON, this
EPIDEMIC will reach EPIC proportions and the state will come to a stand still.
Telangana Government has not done the following
Govt / City authorities and medical fraternity should have done the following
Hyderabad is being
TOUTED and promoted as a GLOBAL CITY but the administrative apparatus is
anything but world class. There are Preventive Protocols advised Internationally,
Multi sectoral approach and the ‘Whole
of Government‘ approach adopted at DHAKA Declaration in 2014. Not
just a few siloed actions but the entire Government has to be mobilized. Telangana
has not done it
Prevention – across
the world just before monsoon, cities have to fill pot holes, the Govt has to
carry out ‘larvicidal‘ treatment killing larvae breeding ground called HOTSPOTS or larvae breeding ground.
But KTR was interested
only in WIFI HOTSPOTS. Infact it’s the so called Hitech city that more cases of
dengue and more potholes and more construction debris.
Ensure roads are not
flooded which means the city should have drainage – Hyderabad
needs 450 km of storm water drains.
Ensure lakes are
cleaned properly but all lakes are polluted attracting STPs for cleaning sewer
water before it enters the water bodies. Hyderabad has Just 18 in number and half
are defunct. We need at least 150!.
Rapid Urbanization (mindless)
is allowed. We were just 174 Sqkm, now we are 740 sq km – Construction sites (Mosquitoes).
Water supply –
Hyderabad has 162 lpcd (liters per capita per day) but we still have
intermittent supply. With that amount we can give 24 hour supply and people
don’t have to store water breeding mosquitoes people are forced to fill water
and store in buckets vessels that later become breeding grounds of mosquitoes.
TREE COVER – Dengue is
directly linked to increasing temperatures. The city lost its tree cover
Misplaced priorities in
investments – Kaleswaram and Mission Bhageeratha have cost the Govt 10,000
crores in electricity charges.
A fraction of that
should have been used in fogging and prevention of mosquito breeding.
Solid waste Management
– Swachhta Survey.
Hyderabad fell from 17th rank to 35th Solid waste management is so
poor our dumpyards are the most polluting with just capping been done.
Hyderabad is touted as
a Knowledge and a IT hub. These human resources today are under threat and so
is the economy of the state
Quantum of Problem – No data no
statistics no scientific assessment of problem, economic loss to individuals
and to the city, dengue with pregnancy dengue with cardiovascular problems has NOT
Govt HEALTHCARE system is in shambles and I
believe that this will escalate into unmageable proportions leading to variants
much powerful. Dengue – SWINE FLU transition is already seen and its much worse
as it’s a droplet infection.
“Soon we will see a a
BRAZIL in ADDAGUTTA slum, A NiCARAGUA in Singareni colony slum.
HYDERABAD was NEVER on
the DENGUE map of India – there was Madras, Kolkatta, Lucknow, Delhi for
decades. Hyderabad could have been proactive in preventing the epidemic. Its
manmade disaster – I would say government made disaster
The government seems to have neither conscience nor VISION!
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