New Delhi is reeling under vector borne diseases with five people losing their lives reportedly due to chikungunya in the national capital. According to latest MCD data, chikungunya cases in Delhi have already crossed the 1,000 mark.
Union Health Minister JP Nadda on Wednesday spoke to the media and addressed their concerns over the issue. “There is no need to panic, Delhi has all the facilities to tackle the situation. I have already spoken to the Delhi Health Minister and Centre will provide any assistance to Delhi government,” Nadda said. He also added that the Delhi government has been asked to provide a detailed report of the situation.
Meanwhile, Dr R S Rana, Chairman of Ganga Ram Hospital, where four of the five chikungunya deaths have been reported, said that there was no need to panic as chikungunya is not a fatal disease. “We cannot say if the deaths were due to chikungunya only,” added Rana. He also said that the government has asked for a probe into the deaths of the chikungunya related deaths.
The Delhi government has also filed a 16-page affidavit giving details of work done to combat vector borne diseases in the capital.