Karnataka Health Minister K R Ramesh Kumar today met his Delhi counterpart Satyendar Jain, who said the former has shown interest in polyclinics and mohalla clinic project in the national capital. The meeting of the two ministers here comes at a time when both the national capital as well as the southern state are battling the menace of dengue and chikungunya.
“Had a good meeting with Karnataka health minister Mr KR Ramesh Kumar who showed interest in Mohalla & poly clinics,” Jain tweeted, while also sharing a picture of the meet.
Delhi and a few other cities in north India are seeing a sudden spike in chikungunya cases. The country saw the last major outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease in 2006 when over 13 lakh suspected chikungunya fever cases were reported.
This year till September 11, at least 14,656 chikungunya cases have been reported across the country, with Karnataka alone accounting for 9,427 cases. At least 15 fatalities due to chikungunya complications
have been reported in Delhi where over 2,000 cases of the vector-borne disease have been recorded. Dengue has claimed 19 lives and affected over 1,300 people in the national capital.
Health experts say the sudden “upsurge” of the disease this year could be a result of “evolution” of the viral strain.