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Public health in peril

Print edition : October 16, 2015

At the outpatient department of Guru Gobind Singh Hospital on September 16 as signs of a dengue outbreak caused panic in Delhi. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Waterlogging in a slum near East Kidwai Nagar due to the overflow of the Khushak drain following heavy rain in Delhi, in July. Photo: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

The dengue outbreak in Delhi exposes the total absence of a functional public health care system with an efficient disease surveillance mechanism and highlights the dangers of leaving public health to the private sector.

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