Health Minister Satyendar Jain Friday issued orders to the municipal corporations to notify chikungunya as a “dangerous/notifiable” disease under relevant provisions of the Municipal Corporations/Local Bodies Act and Rules.
Stating that the move would ensure proper monitoring of the situation and requisite remedial action, Jain said, “This is to be done on priority so that every hospital, nursing home and lab furnishes data of chikungunya patients to the concerned government agencies without fail.”
Medical Health Officer of SDMC P K Hazarika told PTI, “We have received the notice. By Saturday, we should declare it as notifiable.” When a disease is declared notifiable, hospitals, clinics and nursing homes have to report its cases to the government for proper monitoring.
Meanwhile, the Centre asked the Delhi government for a report on the status of dengue and chikungunya cases in the city as well as the deaths caused by the vector-borne diseases. Union Health Minister J P Nadda met Jain to discuss the situation in the capital. “I have assured all support to Delhi and the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana in tackling the rising cases of dengue and chikungunya,” said Nadda.
Jain said 1,000 more beds will be made available after the Centre agreed to reserve 10 per cent beds for dengue and chikungunya patients in its hospitals. “In the meeting, I asked for reservation of 10 per cent beds at all Centre-run hospitals including AIIMS, Ram Manohar Lohia and Safdarjung. Naddaji has agreed,” he said.
On Thursday, Jain had written to Nadda, requesting him to convene a meeting of health ministers of neighbouring states to prepare a strategy to deal with the outbreak as many patients were coming to Delhi due to “lack” of proper healthcare facilities in their states.
He suggested that UP and Haryana be asked to set up adequate fever clinics for patients. Nadda said he has already spoken to health ministers from both states on the issue. Meanwhile, Jain also issued an order directing all mohalla clinics, polyclinics and dispensaries to remain open on all days, “including Sundays and gazetted holidays till September 30”.
(with PTI inputs)