Why Delhi Needs to Say ‘Not in My Backyard’ to Dengue

Do the Prime Minister of India and Chief Minister of Delhi – and their mandarins in the health and urban ministries –  realise that the deadliest stalker on Earth is the mosquito? Mosquitoes kill more than 0.8 million people in a year; humans clock in second with 0.5 million. The lion slaughters a mere 100; snakes kill about 50,000. Yet, astoundingly, in all the din most anchors and panelists on television debates raise, they’ve been unable to pronounce dengue correctly (it’s den-GAY-i or denGEE, not denGOO).

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