Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Wednesday said that there is no need to panic on rise of dengue and chikungunya cases across the country. Briefing the media after review meeting over the spread of dengue and chikungunya cases, Nadda said, “There is no shortage of medicines and testing capabilities across the country. Breeding of mosquitoes should be stopped particularly in public spaces.” He said, “I spoke to Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain and asked him if he needs anything? He said that we are working in accordance to protocol by Centre. I have assured him that Centre is ready to provide whatever assistance needed to deal with the situation. We have asked for a detailed report from Delhi Govt. There is no doubt that chikungunya can’t be cause of death.”
Taking stock of the situation, Union Health Ministry said that vector-borne diseases were on rise in the country. The Ministry has issued advisory advisory to all states on this. Earlier today, Satyendra Jain, Delhi Health Minister said, “Arrangements in all Delhi government hospitals are good, sufficient beds are available. We will probe as to why in one hospital there have been Chikungunya deaths.” Meanwhile, Dr DS Rana, Chairman of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi said, “We are not aware of any enquiry as we have not received any information in writing. I have just received e-mail from government of India that death reported of chikungunya positive patients should be probed a little more. We can’t say if deaths were due to chikungunya; we don’t have evidence of other diseases, we have evidence only of organ failure. People shouldn’t be frightened that chikungunya is a very fatal disease.”
Meanwhile, an all-out verbal war has broken out between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over the outbreak of dengue and chikungunya in the national capital, with the former accusing the Delhi Government of sheer negligence and the Arvind Kejriwal-led party slamming the Centre for becoming an impediment. Media reports suggest that Chikungunya cases in the national capital has sharply risen to over 1,000 this season, marking a jump of nearly 90 percent from its count last week.