Centre seeks report on dengue, chikungunya from Delhi government

he Centre today sought a  detailed report from Delhi government on deaths due to dengue  and chikungunya.

Published: 16th September 2016 05:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th September 2016 05:42 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: The Centre today sought a  detailed report from Delhi government on deaths due to dengue  and chikungunya, including medical history of the deceased,  in the national capital where vector-borne diseases have  claimed at least 30 lives and affected nearly 3,000 people. 

Earlier in the day, Health Minister J P Nadda also met  Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain to discuss the situation  and assured all support to the city government even as he  asserted that no patient is being turned away without  treatment and there is no shortage of doctors and drugs. 

The Union Minister also assured support to the Haryana  and Uttar Pradesh governments for tackling the vector-borne  diseases.  "We have asked for a detailed report on the deaths taking  place due to the vector-borne diseases in the city. Also, we  have sought medical history of the deceased patients, whether  they had any co-morbid conditions," Nadda said on the  sidelines of a symposium held here on liver transplantation. 

Chikungunya and dengue have wreaked havoc in Delhi with  the death toll from the two vector-borne diseases climbing to  30 even as the number of affected people has crossed 2,800. 

"Many of the patients diagnosed in Delhi are coming from  NCR region and so fever clinics could also be set up there. We  are resolving this matter with Haryana and other governments  in the NCR. 

"I have spoken to Haryana government (and UP) on this and  our officers are working on it and in touch with them," he  said. 

Nadda said adequate numbers of fever clinics are also  operating in the central government hospitals for treating the  upsurge of patients. 

"Have assured all support to the Delhi government and the  governments of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana for tackling the  rising cases of dengue and chikungunya," Nadda said. 

Seven of the 12 chikungunya victims belonged to Uttar  Pradesh, including two from Ghaziabad, and five from Delhi. 

The Health Minister during the meeting with Jain also  assured that while they have adequate strength of beds in the  central government hospitals, all measures will be taken to  enhance them. 

"No patient is being turned away without treatment in  these hospitals. There is no shortage of doctors, paramedical  staff, drugs, testing kits, labs etc, for treatment of the  patients," Nadda said.

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