New Delhi: SDMC Mayor Sunita Kangra on Friday criticized Delhi government for not releasing funds to the civic body to control vector borne diseases.They stated that SDMC demanded Rs 49 crore for this purpose whereas Rs 34.60 crore has been allocated but it is a matter of great concern that only Rs 2.15 crore has been released. They added that number of cases of dengue and malaria are feared to go up during the raining season. Delhi government must take a liberal view in releasing funds to SDMC keeping in view the health of the residents. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsThe Leaders said that an amount of Rs 2.75 crore is required to release monthly salary of 1,175 DBC and 734 field workers. SDMC is going to release salary of one month with great difficulty by releasing amount from its internal sources as only Rs 2.15 crore has yet been released by Delhi government. Standing Committee Chairperson Bhupender Gupta said that it is becoming difficult to arrange medicines and fogging to mitigate the effect of vector borne diseases this year. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe case of these diseases had been too less during last three years whereas the number may go northwards in the present circumstances of financial crunch. The main reason is the dug up roads as per instructions of Delhi Govt. The dug up places have not been filled and are becoming cause of mosquito breeding. The LoH Kamaljeet Sehrawat stated that the present stock of medicines is going to suffice for only two- three months. In case the funds are not released it will become impossible to purchase medicines. The present stock is going to suffice during ordinary circumstances. In case the number of patients goes up, it will last soon. During rainy season, the flooded request of fogging would not be possible to meet. SDMC demanded Rs 53 crore under public health head whereas Delhi government has not released even a single penny for this purpose.
“Pakistan has faced repeated humanitarian crises in the last decade – from the earthquake of 2005 to the unprecedented flooding in 2010. Inevitably, this has brought Pakistan face to face with the challenges of climate change,” said the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Catherine Bragg, during a visit to the country.“In the face of these repeated challenges, we must all turn to the longer-term and sustainable solutions – to strengthening resilience,” she added.Flooding this year in southern Pakistan has affected almost five million people, according to Pakistani Government estimates, and many are still recovering from Pakistan’s floods of 2010 and 2011.During her visit, Ms. Bragg assessed and drew attention to the needs of communities affected by the floods in the south and displaced families in the northwest. She visited the Jalozai camp, near the northern city of Peshawar, where 11 per cent of the 744,000 people who have been displaced since 2008 reside. While noting that relief services in the camp are well organized and efficient due to cooperation on the ground among many partners, the UN humanitarian official stressed that there is still a funding shortage to meet their needs.“$79 million is urgently required to meet immediate needs. Winter is coming, making the need even more urgent. Those needs can only be met if all levels of the Government – from local to federal authorities – are engaged,” Ms. Bragg said. “If you know Pakistan, you know this is the third year that millions of people have been affected by flooding, uprooting families and destroying their livelihoods.” According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), funding constraints threaten the provision of critical services to flood-affected people in the provinces of Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh, as well as displaced and returnee families in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, located in the country’s north-west.Humanitarian partners urgently require $196 million to continue providing essential relief services over the coming months, OCHA added. These services include preventative and emergency healthcare, water and sanitation, shelter, education, protection, household relief items, food security and nutrition services“All partners – the Government of Pakistan, the UN and its partners, international development banks, civil society and philanthropists alike – must come together to tackle this enormous challenge,” Ms. Bragg added.