With more than a 1000 chikungunya cases registered in hospitals across Delhi, the disease has claimed three lives at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi.
While the first confirmed death due to chikungunya was reported Monday, details of the other two are yet to be known.
A 65-year-old man succumbed to the mosquito-borne infection at a private Delhi hospital on Monday. R Pandey, a resident of Ghaziabad, died at 4:30 am at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH), officials said, adding that the “cause of death was chikungunya with sepsis”.
Both the centre and state governments have sprung into action. The Delhi government has asked people to not panic due to dengue and chikungunya, emphasising the availability of all facilities in hospitals across Delhi and in mohalla clinics.
“No cause for panic due to dengue, chikungunya. 1,000 additional beds ready for fever patients in Delhi hospitals,” they said on Tuesday, adding, “Fever clinics in 262 dispensaries, 106 Mohalla clinics and 26 Delhi government hospitals functioning.”
Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda also said that centre is ready to provide any help needed.
“Centre is ready to provide whatever assistance needed by state governments,” Nadda told ANI on Tuesday.
He also said that the centre is reviewing the situation with 11 advisories being sent to all state governments.
“Centre is also reviewing situation on day-to-day basis and in fact a meeting has been called tomorrow morning which I’ll b reviewing myself. Have sent 11 advisories since January to State gov ernment to take precautionary measures in chikungunya cases. We are working in co-ordination with them,” he told ANI.
Reiterating the Delhi government, Nadda daid that people should not panic and that they should take symptomatic treatment, in case they are affecting.
“Just want to say that one must not panic, there is a need to take symptomatic treatment and increase liquid intake,” he said.
According to MCD data, the densely populated South Delhi Municipal Corporation area continues to record the highest number of cases — 202, out of which 139 were reported in the last one week. The figures also state that 947 people contracted the disease in Delhi, while 110 acquired it from outside the city.
Most patients recover fully from the disease, even with the joint pain that often persists for several months, sometimes years.
The incubation period of the disease is four to seven days after which one starts experiencing the symptoms. In most cases, they disappear after five to seven days even without treatment. Few cases have also seen eye, neurological and heart complications, and gastrointestinal complaints. The infection may go unrecognised if symptoms are mild, or may be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue too occurs.