Five chikungunya deaths in Apollo, toll in Delhi now 10

The Union Minister for Health  Family Welfare Mr. J.P. Nadda

The Centre on Friday sought a detailed report from the Delhi Government on deaths due to dengue and chikungunya, including medical history of the deceased, in the national Capital, where vector-borne diseases have claimed at least 30 lives and affected almost 3,000 people. Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, Janakpuri Super Speciality Hospital and Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital have been designated as Nodal Hospitals for Delhi with 1000 additional beds.

Jain reiterated that Chikungunya can not cause deaths, and added that this is a fact that is available on Google, and not his opinion.

Jain, who has inspected over a dozen hospitals since returning from Goa, has stressed that patients from areas outlying Delhi were visiting Delhi hospitals, putting pressure on the medical infrastructure in the national capital, particularly in government hospitals.

In an affidavit filed in the court, it said strict surveillance of preparedness and impact of these diseases has been carried out for taking further preventive measures as, due to environmental conditions, the number of diseases such as dengue, chikungunya and malaria shows an upswing during July to October.

“It will be analysed and the report for the same will be sent to us so that we can analyse as to why all this happened”, he added.

Similarly, the United States embassy in New Delhi also issued health advisory for their tourists visiting India, saying on their website that outbreaks of mosquito-borne viral diseases such as dengue and chikungunya occur in various parts of India each year.

At least 13 people have died of chikungunya in the last few days.

This season, 12 deaths have been reported till yesterday, including five each at Apollo Hospital and Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH), while one death each at AIIMS and Hindu Rao Hospital. “So, no need to panic”, a top official said. In Delhi, an increase in cases of Chikungunya has been reported and meanwhile large number of cases of fever has been reported. I would also like to say that no one should panic may it be chikungunya or dengue.

Pandey said that contrary to the allegations made by the BJP, the Delhi government had been readying itself to overcome vector-borne diseases for weeks.

Nadda said adequate number of fever clinics are also operating in the Central Government hospitals for treating the upsurge of patients.

Suby Bhattacharya, a Delhi-based doctor, said that chikungunya in older patients “can aggravate pre-morbid states”.

Although free treatment was on offer at the government hospital under a kilometre away from their home, they sought paid care from a private doctor.