In the wake of a sudden spurt in chikungunya and dengue cases, the Delhi government has requested civil and municipal corporations to examine all development locales for reproducing of mosquitoes inside two days, and cancelled leaves of specialists, doctors, nurses and paramedical staff of its hospitals and dispensaries.

Chikungunya in Delhi
Chikungunya death toll rises to 10 in National Capital

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, who today reviewed the steps taken for counteractive action of vector-borne diseases and readiness for treating individuals influenced by it, communicated dissatisfaction over hazing drives completed by the BJP-controlled civic bodies and guided them to do it adequately over the city.

Five more deaths from chikungunya complexities were accounted for now at a private clinic in the capital, taking to 10 the number of fatalities due to chikungunya in Delhi which is thinking about an extreme wellbeing emergency.

In the review meeting, Chief Secretary K K Sharma, commissioners from all three civic bodies and senior officers of Health Department were present.

“The government has asked all civic bodies in Delhi to check all construction sites and challan the owners of those sites causing breeding of mosquito.”

“Besides, we have also cancelled leaves of all doctors and nurses working at Delhi government hospitals and dispensaries so that patients don’t face any problem,” Jain told reporters here.

“He said that the government has ordered its hospitals not to refuse to admit any patient with suspected dengue and chikungunya. There is no dearth of beds in Delhi government’s hospital”, he added.

“At Out Patient Departments (OPDs) of hospitals and dispensaries, about 2 lakh patients are being treated every day. The figure before the season of dengue and chikungunya was one lakh.”

“At government hospitals, about 2,000 beds are lying vacant. The situation at our hospitals is better,” the Health Minister said.

He said that the test for this disease are being done at government hospitals at free of cost. All five deaths due to chikungunya reported today have taken place at Apollo Hospital and most of the victims were aged 80 or above.

“We have had five deaths in the past three weeks of patients with chikungunya fever, most of whom were elderly.”

80-year-old Mahendra Singh from Ghaziabad died of chikungunya complications yesterday afternoon,” hospital authorities said.


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