Discussing the crisis-like health situation in Delhi due to major spike in Dengue and Chikungunya cases, Union Health minister JP Nadda met Delhi’s health minister Satyendra Jain. The Centre has now sought a detailed report from Delhi government on deaths due to dengue and chikungunya, including medical history of the deceased.
More than dozen persons have died in the national capital due to the diseases pushing the collective toll near 30, while more than 3000 are said to affected by the two vector-borne disease, as per the official figures.
Meeting Satyendra Jain, the Union Health minister assured all support to the city government. Jain, on his part, said that no patient is being turned away without treatment and there is no shortage of doctors and drugs.
“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.
Besides Delhi government, JP Nadda also assured support to the Haryana and Uttar Pradesh governments for tackling the vector-borne diseases.
“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,” he added.
With the numbers of patients rising and toll on the rise, Delhi government has been facing flak over the preparedness of the city administration. The issue had also triggered a political tiff with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal earlier this week saying his government is “powerless” to deal with the situation.
Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues had particularly come in for criticism for being away from the city.
Countering criticism on the micro-blogging site Twitter as he faced questions over the alarming health situation in Delhi, Kejriwal had written, “CM n min left wid no power now, even to buy a pen. LG n PM enjoy all powers wrt Del. LG abroad.Question them for Del”.
Soon after his tweet, Delhi Chief Minister drew flak from the opposition BJP and the Congress party.
While the BJP went to the extent of demanding Kejriwal’s resignation, Congress sharply criticised the CM and his ministers for being away while city faced major health issue.
Arvind Kejriwal, meanwhile, is undergoing a treatment for his tongue in Bengaluru, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia is away in Finland to study the education system.