A day after the Supreme Court asked the authorities concerned to hold a meeting about the outbreak of vector-borne diseases in the capital, Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung Wednesday met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, senior officials of the central government, Delhi government, municipal corporations of Delhi (MCDs) and medical superintendents of major hospitals.
“This is about dengue and chikungunya… everybody has agreed to work together,” Jain said after the meeting. He added that according to hospital authorities, the number of patients suffering from these diseases is on the decline. “But we will have to continue to be vigilant since it rained Tuesday,” said the health minister.
At the meeting, which lasted about 45 minutes, officials from various departments apprised the Lt Governor about the steps taken to counter the diseases. Jain told the Lt Governor that hospitals are equipped to handle fever cases and there are currently 355 functional fever clinics in the capital.
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The clinics are open on all days, including Sundays.
The LG asked all departments to give their feedback on the directions issued by him during the review meetings held on September 14 and September 26.
The medical superintendents told the Lt Governor that fever clinics and fever wards were operational round-the-clock, and adequate supply of testing kits and medicines was available at all the hospitals.
“We have been asked to keep our efforts up in view of the rain… which may further prolong the epidemic,” said Dr J C Passey, medical director of Lok Nayak Hospital. He said while authorities had expected cases of fever to come down by mid-October, after the heavy downpour in Delhi and surrounding areas on Tuesday, they feel that these cases of dengue, chikungunya and other fever cases may take longer to subside.
The civic bodies informed the Lt Govenror about the preventive measures taken by them to check mosquito breeding and other anti-larval measures, such as regular cleaning of dhalaos and fumigation.
Delhi Health Secretary Chandrakar Bharti said as per reports collected at 10.30 am Wednesday, 25 per cent beds dedicated to fever patients, across hospitals, were vacant. Union Health Secretary C K Mishra told the Lt Governor about the meetings held with the Delhi government’s health department and the MCDs in the last six months, which focused primarily on larva control, ensuring adequate supply of drugs and testing kits and proper hospital management to take care of the rush of fever patients.