NEW DELHI: Two days after Delhi's Health Minister, Satyendar Jain announced that Chikungunya cannot cause death and it is a media creation, he took as u-turn on Friday notified Chikungunya as a ‘deadly disease’. The Health Minister had also refused to accept the cause of the recent deaths in the capital being related to the vector-borne disease, chikungunya. Satyendra Jain relied on Google saying, “Chikungunya could not be the cause of deaths since Google said that it could not cause deaths.”
Jain issued a notification stating that Chikungunya as a ‘deadly disease’ after meeting with Union Health Minister J P Nadda.
The Centre had sought a detailed report from Delhi government on deaths due to dengue and chikungunya, including medical history of the deceased where vector-borne diseases have claimed at least 30 lives and affected nearly 3,000 people.
Nadda met 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.
He further stated that many patients diagnosed in Delhi are coming from national capital region and so fever clinics could also be set up there. “We are resolving this matter with Haryana and other governments,” 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.
Nadda 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. Nadda also sought report on death due to chikungunya in Delhi.
In the meantime, Jain said there will be 1,000 extra beds for dengue and chikungunya patients at the government-run hospitals in Delhi.
“In the meeting, I demanded reservation of 10 per cent beds at all Centre-run hospitals including AIIMS, RML and Safdurjung for treatment of dengue and chikungunya patients. Nadda ji has agreed to it following which there will be additional 1,000 beds at Centre-run hospitals," the Delhi Health Minister said.